COVID-19: Emergency registration and licensing in NB
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; 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
- If you are already licensed in Canada as a pharmacist [click here]
- If you studied in Canada or the US and are not yet licensed in Canada [click here]
- If you are a 2020 pharmacist graduate and wish to apply to the Conditional: Emergency Register [More information] [Online application form]
Factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have translated to various delays to the usual licensure process. 2020 pharmacist graduates from CCAPP-Accredited pharmacy programs will have the choice of applying for inclusion on the Conditional: Emergency Register [Read more] or remaining on the student register until such time as all requirements for full licensure as a pharmacist can be met.
Continuing education requirement for annual license renewal
If, during the same year you received your degree,
- you have completed your post-graduate training manual (4 weeks in length), and
- became a licensed pharmacist,
you are deemed to have met the continuing education (CE) requirement for the renewal period (November 1, to November 30) for the coming year only. (e.g., if graduation date is May, 2020, a pharmacist licence is obtained in 2020 then during the renewal process for the year 2021, you are deemed to have met the continuing education requirement). Every year thereafter, please refer to the continuous professional development requirements [LINK]
Pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada (IPG)
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 IPGs and to eliminate duplication.
The Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada – will now be the first point of access for applicants rather than the PRA. To help 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. For IPGs wishing to practise in Canada, the process of obtaining a licence begins with enrolment in the Gateway.
We believe the Gateway presents a simple, transparent and safe way to facilitate the pathway to licensure for IPGs wishing to live and work in Canada.