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 Pharmacists 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


New Pharmacy Ownership Requirements Came into Effect

On April 1, 2018, the College’s amendments to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act Bylaws, which incorporate the new pharmacy ownership requirements approved by the Provincial Government in 2016, came into effect.

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Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility

The College believes that cultural safety and humility are vital for the provision of fair and equal health services, as well as the creation of a healthcare environment free of racism and discrimination, where individuals feel safe and respected.

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Medication Error Reporting

In November 2018, the College decided to begin exploring the implementation of mandatory medication error reporting to an independent third party.

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Cannabis Legalization in Canada

On October 17, 2018, the Government of Canada’s Cannabis Act came into force, establishing a new framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.

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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. BC’s opioid overdose crisis has continued its unprecedented escalation over the past three years, the rate of overdose deaths in BC 2018 remaining consistent with that of 2017.

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Opioid Agonist Treatment

The College developed a new Professional Practice Policy-67 for Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment (iOAT), as well as an accompanying Policy Guide for Injectable Hydromorphone Maintenance Treatment which came into effect in September 2018.

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Electronic Record Keeping

The College introduced new Electronic Record Keeping requirements that came into effect on November 13, 2018.

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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

On November 1, 2018, new reporting requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) came into effect. The new Federal regulations and Provincial requirements identify the reporting requirements for pharmacists, physicians, and nurse practitioners.

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Responding to Health Emergencies and Emerging Issues

2018/19 brought with it a number of issues that had a powerful impact on public health and safety from the opioid overdose crisis, wildfires and significant drug shortages/recalls.

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Pharmacy Manager Education

The Board approved Professional Practice Policy-69: Community Pharmacy Manager Education (PPP-69), which came into effect on September 1, 2018. The new policy provides guidance to community pharmacy managers on complying with their obligations under the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act (“PODSA”) and PODSA Bylaws.

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Pharmacy Security / CLEAR Award

On September 28, 2018, the Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation (CLEAR), presented the College with the 2018 Regulatory Excellence Award for our work on pharmacy security measures.

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Excellence Canada

The College partnered with Excellence Canada in December of 2016, selecting the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (EIW) Standard, one of the most progressive standards in the world.

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Chair and Registrar's Message

"2018/19 was a dynamic year for pharmacy practice in British Columbia."

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Message from Our Public Board Members

"As public members of the Board of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, we represent the perspective of all British Columbians in the governance of pharmacy practice in BC."

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Arden Barry

Chair, District 7

Community Hospitals

Christine Antler

Vice-Chair, District 2

Fraser Valley

Mona Kwong

District 1

Metropolitan Vancouver

Tara Oxford

District 3

Vancouver Island / Coastal

Steven Hopp

District 4

Kootenay / Okanagan

Frank Lucarelli

District 5

Northern British Columbia

Anca Cvaci

District 6

Urban Hospitals

Bal Dhillon

District 8

Pharmacy Technicians

Tracey Hagkull

Government Appointee

Anne Peterson

Government Appointee

Katie Skelton

Government Appointee

Justin Singh Thind

Government Appointee

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