Professional Practice Requirements

As a regulated health profession, pharmacy is governed by the New Brunswick Pharmacy Act, 2014, Regulations, a Code of Ethics and professional practice requirements further guide the governance of the College and practice of pharmacy professionals.

Assessing the authenticity of a prescription

Assessing the validity of a prescription is a core function of pharmacy professionals. Pharmacy professionals must consistently use professional judgment when evaluating prescriptions whether they are delivered by telephone, paper or electronic means.

This guidance – Guideline: Assessing the Authenticity of a Prescription – applies broadly to assessing the validity of all prescriptions and references other legislation with which pharmacy professionals must also comply regarding prescription requirements.

Cannabis for Medical and Non-medical Purposes

Codeine – Exempted Codeine Products

Central Fill Practice Directive (Centralized Drug Order Processing)

The Central Fill Practice Directive was created to enable efficient drug distribution systems within the practice of pharmacy in New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics supports the mission of the College Governing the practice of pharmacy for a healthier New Brunswick and outlines a framework for ethical decision making.

Collaborative Practice

The New Brunswick Pharmacy Act, 2014 allows pharmacists to practice under a Collaborative Practice Agreement with other health professions. The pharmacist(s) may participate in the practice of ordering, managing and modifying drug therapy according to a written collaborative practice agreement between the pharmacists and authorized prescribers who are responsible for the patient’s care.

Compliance Packaging


Sterile Preparations
Non-sterile Preparations
Compounding – Further Guidance 

Emergency Preparedness



Pharmacists on the Active: Direct Client Care register may administer injections via ID, IM or SC routes in accordance with Regulations (22.3-22.5), the Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacists, the Supplemental Standards of Practice for Administration of Injections, and the Policy: Administration of Injections.

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians on the Active: Direct Client Care register may administer injections, while under the routine supervision of a pharmacist on the Direct Client Care register (with authorization to administer injections) via IM or SC routes. This is in accordance with Regulations 22.3-22.5, the Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians, the Supplemental Standards of Practice: Administration of Injections and the Policy: Administration of Injections.


Application for authorization to administer injections [Pharmacists]



Application for a Technical Permit to Administer Injections 

(FAQ – Pharmacy Technicians and injections)

Application must be made to the College within one year of successful completion of an approved training program. 

Mandatory Medication Incident Reporting (MMIR)

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Canadian MAiD Data Collection Portal
Regulations for the Monitoring of MAiD

Minor Ailments (Assessing and Prescribing)

Prior to incorporating activities that relate to Minor Ailments into practice, pharmacy professionals must declare to have participated in Minor Ailments Orientation (attended in person or have read the accompanying document). Pharmacy professionals are then able to notify the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists through a link on their online profile.

New Brunswick pharmacists may prescribe a drug, treatment or device for the treatment of a condition listed in Appendix 2 of the Regulations. Regulations 21.8(1) and 21.8(2) describe this authority in more detail. 

When searching the College’s online Directory of Pharmacy Professionals, authorization for Minor Ailments is indicated next to the pharmacy professional’s name and registration number.

For further information, please visit the Government of New Brunswick Pharmacy Services website.


Opioid Agonist Treatment Practice Directive (OAT)

The OAT Practice Directive establishes requirements for the safe and effective provision of treatment to patients with opioid use disorder. Pharmacies providing Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) must notify the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists through the pharmacy manager online profile. The holder of the Certificate of Operation of the pharmacy must ensure all pharmacy staff, including pharmacy professional locums, are familiar with and adhere to this practice directive.

Pharmacy Practice Management Systems (PPMS) [NAPRA]

Pharmacy practice management systems are a critical part of the infrastructure needed for effective compliance with standards of practice for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and standards for the operation of pharmacies. The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) has facilitated the development of a series of essential requirements considered to be the minimum standard for pharmacy practice management systems (PPMS). The New Brunswick College of Pharmacists adopted these requirements in February, 2014.

Point of Care Testing in Pharmacies

A point of care test (POCT) is defined as a form of test where a specimen is collected from a patient by a health-care professional and analyzed rapidly at the site of patient care.


Quality Management Program (QMP)

A documented, ongoing Quality Management Program supports the safe practice of pharmacy, for the benefit of practitioners and patients, and also facilitates adherence to professional standards and requirements of pharmacy legislation in New Brunswick. As per  Regulation 14.2, the pharmacy manager named on the Certificate of Operation is responsible for the implementation of and adherence to the QMP.

Travel Medicine: Prescribing of Restricted Vaccines

Before a pharmacist prescribes vaccines for one of the diseases listed in Appendix 2, Section 3 of the Regulations, they must successfully complete The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) certification in Travel Health.

Virtual Pharmacy Practice

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