Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
COVID-19 Emergency Registration for Pharmacists
There is a need for increased health workforce capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recent change to sections 14.1 and 17.1 of the Pharmacy Act, 2012 enables NLPB to issue an emergency registration only in very specific circumstances related to an immediate need for pharmacist or pharmacy technician services “due to an actual or potential threat to public safety, health or welfare or where the minister [of Health and Community Services] or federal Minister of Health makes a request.”
- whether an “immediate need” has been established, pursuant to the requirements in the Act;
- what registration requirements NLPB is willing/able to exempt the person from;
- what conditions (supervision, practice location restrictions, etc.) will be placed on the registrant’s practice; and,
- the period of time that the emergency registration is to be issued.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB), established by legislation in 1910, is the regulatory body for the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. To fulfill its obligation of public protection, NLPB:
- registers pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students and interns, and licenses pharmacies.
- establishes and maintains a quality assurance program to promote high standards for the practice of pharmacy.
- develops standards, guidelines and policies for the practice of pharmacy.
- responds to and manages complaints and discipline relating to the practice of pharmacy.