2020 Board Elections–Cast your vote!

Voting in Zone 5 and 7 now open

Voting is open for NLPB Zone 5 and 7 Board Elections. The elections are held through our secure and confidential elections portal.

  • To access the election portal, visit nlpb.ca and click on Registrant Login
  • Once logged in, click on the link called View Candidates and Cast Your Vote

The deadline for casting your vote is 11:59 pm on August 7, 2020. The successful candidate will be announced at the NLPB Annual General Meeting (date to be announced in the coming weeks).

Extended Pharmacy Internship Information

Below is more information about pharmacy intern scope of practice, internship extension form and the emergency registration process that was sent to all interns on May 29

The COVID-19 pandemic has led public health officials to impose physical distancing requirements and restrict large group gatherings, which resulted in the postponement of Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) exams required for pharmacist registration. We understand that this is disappointing for new pharmacy graduates who are now delayed in starting their careers and who are looking for information about options while awaiting the opportunity to complete the required PEBC exams.

As communicated on May 21, the majority of NLPB’s registration requirements are set out in the Pharmacy Act, 2012 (Act), meaning that changes can only be made by the Government of NL and not by NLPB independently. On May 5, 2020, the NL House of Assembly passed a bill revising the Act to allow for emergency registration of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in specific situations. The bill received Royal Assent and became law on May 6, 2020.

Based on provincial legislation, there are two options for new graduates in NL:

1) Practice as an intern under the supervision of a pharmacist until such time to successfully complete PEBC exams and meet the requirements for registration as a pharmacist.

2) Apply for emergency registration in collaboration with employer. NLPB can issue emergency registration only in very specific circumstances where there is an immediate need for pharmacist or pharmacy technician services due to an actual or potential threat to public safety, health, or welfare, or with a ministerial request.

If an intern wishes to continue practicing as an intern until fully able to meet the requirements for registration as a pharmacist, here are the next steps:

  • Register for and complete the NLPB Pharmacist Internship.
  • Once the NLPB Pharmacist Internship is completed, submit the Application to Extend Registration as an Intern to extend registration as a pharmacy intern until registered as a pharmacist, or December 31, 2020, whichever comes first. This registration can be further extended, if necessary.
  • It is the intern’s responsibility to ensure that liability insurance is maintained and meets the NLPB Professional Liability Insurance Requirements for Registration.

  • If an intern wishes to be authorized to administer injections once registered as a pharmacist, the intern should use the Pharmacy Intern Record of Injections form to document each injection administered to demonstrate that the intern has remained competent. (See the FAQ for more information on this requirement)

For answers to specific questions about this extended registration as an intern and an intern’s scope of practice, see here.

Call for interest: Practice Advisory Committee

NLPB is seeking interested registrants to serve as members of our Pharmacy Practice Advisory Committee. If you’d like to play a part in shaping NL scope of practice in the interest of patient safety, then this might be a role for you!

We currently have openings for:

  • One community pharmacist
  • One hospital pharmacist
  • One pharmacy technician
  • *all applicants must be currently practicing

This committee in particular has a mandate to assist NLPB in meeting its goals of protecting the public and ensuring quality and ethical care, by advising on current or new standards related to registrants’ scope of practice.

Role of committee:

  • Develop, review and make recommendations regarding standards of practice related to the scope of practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Develop, review and make recommendations regarding implementation plans and strategies to assist registrants with meeting standards of practice and the expectations of contemporary pharmacy practice.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding the Code of Ethics.
  • Consult, as it considers necessary or appropriate, with registrants or other individuals who have relevant expertise.

Meetings are normally held in St. John’s at a time and place suitable to the committee. Teleconference is often utilized but if in-person meetings are required, travel and other associated expenses are reimbursed.

If you have any questions about the committee’s roles and responsibilities, please contact Melanie Healey, Associate Registrar-Professional Practice, at mhealey@nlpb.ca.

Interested in this committee? Please submit your name, contact information, a brief bio, and a few lines about why you’d like to be a member of the committee to inforx@nlpb.ca by June 19, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your interest in serving your profession.

Do you have time for a survey?

  • How did COVID-19 pandemic impact you and your pharmacy practice?
  • The University of Alberta (UoA) is conducting research and would like to hear your thoughts–it should take less than ten minutes to complete. This survey will help to better understand the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian pharmacy services, the support you received, and the roles you undertook during this global pandemic. If you have provided direct patient care during the pandemic, please complete this anonymous survey developed by the research team at the UoA. This study has been approved by the UoA Health Research Ethics Board (study ID: Pro00101238).

    Click here to access the survey: The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Pharmacy Practice

    The survey will close on June 30, 2020.

  • Evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare workforce
  • The University of Calgary is conducting a research study to determine how the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted healthcare workers across the globe. In many countries, health care workers are being impacted by the pandemic in terms of their work and personal responsibilities, which may differ depending on a person’s identity, roles, and relationships. We wish to explore this impact and hopefully identify areas where we can learn from this experience and better inform pandemic health care workforce planning in the future.

    If you are interested in participating, please complete this short survey that will help us assess your perceptions of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Click here.

    Your participation is voluntary and you are under no obligation to complete the survey. Your responses will be completely confidential and anonymous. Responses will be analyzed in aggregate and at no time will individual responses be made available to anyone. Compiled results of this survey may be presented in peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. This survey has been approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary.

    Thank you!

This e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As it is published and circulated to all registrants on a monthly basis, it is the expectation of NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.

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