Annual License RenewalTo maintain annual licensure, members(Pharmacists, Certified Dispensers and Pharmacy Technicians) must provide evidence of continuous professional development , certify to have the required number of hours working in a direct client care setting (to be granted licensure on a direct client care register), maintain Personal Professional Liability Insurance and acknowledge their personal duties under the provision of the New Brunswick Pharmacy Act and Regulations, including the Standards of Practice, Guidelines and Policies of the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists.
Active members may be registered in a Direct Client Care Register or Non-direct Client Care Register.
Active Direct Client Care
Members on this register provide patient care. A member is required to actively practice in a direct client care setting for at least 400 hours in the previous 2 year period (current registration year and immediately previous registration year). Members also must maintain valid certification in First Aid & CPR that is equivalent to Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C.
Members who provide information related to drug use as part of their usual workday, but who do not provide care to patients directly while practicing the profession, would be eligible to be enrolled on the Direct Client Care register.
Active Non-Direct Client Care Register
Members on these registers do not provide any direct care to a patient. They may be involved in support services for the provision of client care (e.g. computer support, inventory control, administrative supervisory role) but do not provide direct client care. Members may work for, or provide services to, other health care providers, third party providers, government liaison, regulatory affairs, etc.
Expanded scope of practice for pharmacists
Pharmacists are highly trained, educated and trusted health care professionals. New Brunswick pharmacists are playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care services. Pharmacists may :
- Administer injections ( separate authorization is required )
- Assess and prescribe for some common minor ailments listed in Appendix 2 of the Regulations.
(Members must certify to have participated in the Minor Ailments Orientation .)
- Prescribe in some circumstances as outlined in the Part XXI of the Regulations
Regulating the role of a Pharmacy Technician is one of the key changes that emerged from the Pharmacy Act that was proclaimed in July, 2014. Standardizing education, scope of practice, role definition and legal responsibility of regulated pharmacy technicians are important components of the growth process of the pharmacy profession and ensures the profession is practiced safely by qualified individuals. This new professional designation allows Pharmacy Technicians to take on a greater role in the dispensing process in the pharmacy. This is outlined in Regulation 20.6.
We are proud to recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the members of the pharmacy profession in New Brunswick with the New Brunswick Pharmacy Awards . Please click here for award details and for the nomination form .