Have your voice heard! Health Canada proposes changes to drug regulations with respect to pharmacy practice

By: Amanda Iannaccio

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Deadline to provide feedback: May 1, 2019

Health Canada is looking for feedback from pharmacy stakeholders as it embarks on a project to update the Narcotic Control Regulations, Benzodiazepines and Other Targeted Substances Regulations, and Food and Drug Regulations – Part G with respect to pharmacy. Some of the goals of the project are to support contemporary pharmacy practice, address gaps in the regulations, and provide clarity and consistency among these 3 regulations.

Health Canada recognises that the current regulatory framework does not always reflect how pharmacy operations have changed in recent decades e.g., new and emerging service delivery models or technologies, or the changing roles of pharmacy professionals, such as regulated pharmacy technicians.

CSHP members are asked to identify any gaps, inconsistencies, or other aspects of the pharmacy sections in the regulations that may need to be updated. All concerns and recommendations are welcome and will be shared with Health Canada. However it may not be possible for Health Canada to include all suggestions in the regulatory package.

There will be other opportunities in the future to provide feedback on proposed amendments to the 3 regulations as the project evolves. CSHP will be notified when the amendments are pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. In turn, CSHP members will be invited to review and provide feedback at that time.

Please provide your comments and suggestions to clyder@cshp.pharmacy, by May 1, 2019.