College Vision, Mission and Values


Better Health through excellence in pharmacy.


The College regulates the pharmacy profession in the public interest. We set and enforce standards and promote best practices for the delivery of pharmacy care in British Columbia.


The College of Pharmacy of British Columbia’s activities and decisions are based on the following values:

  • Being professional and ethical
  • Providing quality service
  • Building quality relationships
  • A culture of excellence

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The College acknowledges with respect that the College of Pharmacists of BC is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh úxwumixw (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


Year in Review


Pharmacist Prescribing

Development of a proposal for pharmacist prescribing stretches back to 2010 when the College Board first decided to move forward with a feasibility study. An initial Certified Pharmacist Prescriber Draft Framework was developed in 2015 and used to facilitate stakeholder engagement in 2016. The input garnered from this initial engagement was used to develop the new Framework for Pharmacist Prescribing in BC, narrowing the scope of the proposal to focus on collaborative practice.

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New Pharmacy Ownership Requirements

New changes to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act Bylaws (PODSA) permit the College to know the identity of all pharmacy owners, determine their suitability for pharmacy ownership and hold them accountable for providing safe and effective care by ensuring their pharmacies are compliant with legislative requirements for pharmacies in BC.

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College Engagement

The College conducted a number of stakeholder engagements to help us solicit input on College initiatives, policies and bylaws.

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The College has set out a four-year implementation plan for pharmacies and pharmacy professionals to adopt the new model standards for pharmacy compounding recently released by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

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New Requirements for Telepharmacies in BC

Telepharmacy is the delivery of pharmacy services, including the dispensing of medications and provision of patient counselling, via telecommunications, to patients in locations where they may not have local access to a pharmacist.

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Opioid Overdose Crisis

The opioid crisis continues to be a top priority for us and other public health organizations across the province.

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New Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder

In early 2017, the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, released a new guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder

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New Pharmacy Security Requirements

In February 2017, the College Board approved amendments to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act bylaws to establish minimum security measures for community pharmacies as well as revisions to Professional Practice Policy 74: Community Pharmacy and Telepharmacy Security.

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Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility

On March 1, 2017, the College’s Registrar, Bob Nakagawa, pledged the College’s commitment to improving BC pharmacy professionals’ work with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples by signing the “Declaration of Cultural Safety and Humility in Health Services Delivery for First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples in BC”. Over the past fiscal year we've developed and begun to act on a strategy to improve pharmacy professionals’ work with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples.

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BC Wildfires

In July 2017, BC faced one of the worst wildfire seasons in more than a decade, causing many to need to leave their homes.

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New Board Election Cycles and Terms of Office

New election cycle and terms of office for elected Board members were introduced in 2017 and will be implemented for the November 2018 election.

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Mona Kwong

Chair's Message

"I am honoured to serve as the new Board Chair for the College of Pharmacists of BC."

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Bob Nakagawa

Registrar's Message

"It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve as your Registrar for the 2017/2018 fiscal year."

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Mona Kwong

Chair, District 1

Metropolitan Vancouver

Arden Barry

Vice-Chair, District 7

Community Hospitals

Ming Chang

District 2

Fraser Valley

Tara Oxford

District 3

Vancouver Island / Coastal

Christopher Szeman

District 4

Kootenay / Okanagan

Frank Lucarelli

District 5

Northern British Columbia

Anar Dossa

District 6

Urban Hospitals

Sorell Wellon

District 8

Pharmacy Technicians

Tracey Hagkull

Government Appointee

Ryan Hoag

Government Appointee

Justin Singh Thind

Government Appointee

Jeremy Walden

Government Appointee

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