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Jurisprudence Examinations and Courses

Provincial and territorial pharmacy regulators require pharmacists to understand Canada’s laws on pharmacy practice including dispensing drugs and the ethics of professional practice. This area of pharmacy is known as jurisprudence. As part of the licensing process, you must either take a compulsory course or write an examination on jurisprudence.

The jurisprudence course or examination will focus on your knowledge and ability to apply laws, standards, and policies in the practice of pharmacy. These rules control the production, distribution, advertising, sale and use of drugs.

Each jurisdiction has its own examination, but some of the topics included in the jurisprudence assessment include:

  • Conditions of sale (schedules, Canada’s Food and Drug Act, natural health products)
  • Narcotics, controlled drugs and targeted drugs (prescription requirements, record-keeping, storage, loss and disposal)
  • Filling and labelling (filling and labelling prescriptions, prescription authorization, transfers, copies compounding, child-resistant packaging, receipts and mailing)
  • Billing and pricing fees (provincial and territorial disability benefits, “interchangeability,” no-substitution and special authorization)
  • Pharmacy operations (operation requirements, ownership, accreditation, inspections, opening and closing, management, supervision and advertising)
  • Regulatory college structures, entry to practice and scope of practice (scope of practice, registration requirements, controlled acts, and committees for discipline, complaints and registration)
  • Ethics, standards and responsibilities (standards of practice, documentation, confidentiality, professional misconduct and reporting)
  • Other legislation affecting pharmacy practice such as privacy laws