The Practice Review Program (PRP) is an in-person review of a pharmacy professional’s practice and the pharmacy where they work. Under the PRP, every pharmacist, pharmacy technician, and pharmacy will be reviewed at least once every 6 years to ensure they meet College standards.
The College implemented the PRP in community pharmacy in January 2015. The PRP has two components: the Pharmacy Review and the Pharmacy Professionals Review.
The Pharmacy Review is built upon the College’s previous inspection process, and focuses on legislated physical requirements of the pharmacy. The Pharmacy Professionals Review is the individual review of a pharmacy professional’s practice, and is grounded in these four Board-approved focus areas for community practice:
- patient identification verification,
- PharmaNet profile checking,
- documentation, and
- patient counseling
These focus areas were identified as having the most impact on patient safety in community pharmacy. As the focus areas are based on Board direction, they may change as the program progresses.
In its first year, the College completed over 200 Pharmacy Reviews and more than 550 Pharmacy Professional Reviews. The progress to date shows that the College is on track to review every pharmacy professional and every pharmacy within the 6-year time frame. Transparency is an important element with the PRP, as the goal of the program is to have all registrants and practice settings meet College standards.
The Practice Review Program will expand to include hospital pharmacy professionals and pharmacies in Fall 2016.