Duty to Protect Patient Safety

The College of Pharmacists of BC’s role is to protect the public by licensing and regulating pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and the pharmacies where they practice. We are responsible for making sure every pharmacy professional in BC is fully qualified and able to provide the public with safe and ethical pharmacy care.

The College receives its authority from, and is responsible for, administering provincial pharmacy legislation.

Health Professions Act, Section 16, Duty and objects of a college:

16  (1) It is the duty of a college at all times

(a) to serve and protect the public, and

(b) to exercise its powers and discharge its responsibilities under all enactments in the public interest.



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.


We are Professional and Ethical
We achieve this by:

  • promoting and maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct;
  • taking responsibility for our actions and their results;
  • engaging meaningfully with all stakeholders; and
  • acting with honesty and integrity.

We Deliver Quality Service
We achieve this by:

  • being consistent in our processes and messaging;
  • executing proper research and due diligence;
  • providing accurate and useful information;
  • having transparent processes; and
  • being timely and responsive.

We Build Quality Relationships
We achieve the by:

  • listening to others;
  • maintaining confidentiality;
  • acknowledging the perspective of others;
  • recognizing & respecting the capabilities of others; and
  • being non-judgemental, open, and honest with others.

We Promote a Culture of Excellence
We achieve this by:

  • being solution oriented;
  • being adaptable and innovate;
  • collaborating to identify best practices;
  • fostering the development of the organization and the individual.

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.


2020/21 Annual Report

This Annual Report reflects on the College’s work in protecting patient safety in the 2020/21 fiscal year. All statistical information, Board and committee member listings reported in this 2020/21 Annual Report are based on the fiscal year ending February 28, 2021.

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