Pharmacist

To practice as a pharmacist in New Brunswick, an individual must be registered and licensed with the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists.

REGISTER AS A PHARMACIST IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Apply online if you are:

  • Already licensed as a pharmacist, within Canada, outside of New Brunswick Apply now
  • Not yet licensed in Canada but have studied in Canada or the US (e.g., a new pharmacist graduate) Apply now

Practical Training

A requirement of registration as a pharmacist is to perform a total of 40 weeks of time service under the supervision of an approved preceptor [Regulations of the NB College of Pharmacists]

Time service consists of:

  • 20 weeks (or more) completed during degree program as rotations (proof is completion of degree)
  • 4 weeks (minimum) post-graduation training using the  Postgraduate Training Manual 
  • Remaining amount of weeks (minimum 16) – unstructured; completed either before or after graduation and documented with the College.

NOTE : An Apprenticeship Agreement is required for all time service and must be submitted to the NB College of Pharmacists before starting a time service period.

If work was in another province, the pharmacy regulatory authority in that province must submit a letter on the applicant’s behalf, confirming the completed time service in order for it to be considered for licensure in New Brunswick.

  • International pharmacy graduate (IPG); have graduated or worked outside Canada and the US Apply now
  • The first step for pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada or the US (IPG) is to register with Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada

As one of Canada’s pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs), we have entrusted our national association, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), to develop a new, national approach to facilitate the licensure process for international pharmacist graduates (IPGs) and to eliminate duplication.

The Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada helps IPGs navigate the licensure process and facilitate their preparation for licensure in Canada.  The Gateway provides a website with key information online and through telephone support and features two self-assessment tools which assist IPGs to make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada.

Only once registered with Pharmacist Gateway Canada submit: Application for Registration as a pharmacist (IPG)

POST-GRADUATION EDUCATION/TRAINING (RESIDENCY PROGRAM)

  • You must be registered with the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists to be permitted to work in a pharmacy to complete a postgraduate program (Residency, PharmD, etc.). [Apply now]

PHARMACISTS ALREADY LICENSED IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Annual Renewal

All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must apply annually for license renewal. The online form is accessible beginning November 1st and must be completed no later than November 30th each year to maintain licensure.

Continuous Professional Development

All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must engage in continuous professional development to maintain licensure and must attest to having done so during annual renewal. Read more

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 (According to the Administration of Injections Policy; and Supplemental standards of practice separate authorization is required once licensed.)
  • Assess and prescribe for some common minor ailments (Listed in Appendix 2 of the Regulations; Once licensed, pharmacists must participate in the Minor Ailments Orientation)
  • Prescribe in some circumstances as outlined in the Part XXI of the Regulations

 Current Workplace Standard First Aid and CPR level “C” 

  • Pharmacy professionals on an active direct client care register must hold current, valid first aid and CPR certification that is equivalent to Red Cross Workplace Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. The required certification involves an in-person component.
  • New applicants will be required to show proof of certification in order to register and license on a direct client care register.
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on a direct client care register must certify annually at license renewal that their First Aid & CPR certification in the required format is current and valid*.

*Pharmacy professionals have until mid-2024 to achieve this new level of certification that replaces the previous Red Cross Emergency Standard First Aid, CPR Level C requirement. Read more 

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