Provide Feedback on Narcotic Legislation Changes


For the last several years, advocating for revisions to federal narcotic legislation to allow pharmacy technicians a greater role in handling controlled substances has been a priority for PTSA. This work has been focused on two key strategies:

  1. Developing a position paper that can be used to solicit support for narcotic legislation changes; and,
  2. Providing feedback on related Health Canada consultations.

In July 2018, PTSA released the paper to provide recommendations for the legislative changes necessary to support optimized pharmacy practice in the context of the procurement, receipt, preparation, provision, storage, destruction and related record keeping of narcotics, controlled drugs and targeted substances. Granting legislative authority to pharmacy technicians will allow for the consistent application of processes to fulfill the necessary tasks that provide for the protection of controlled substances against loss or theft and allow pharmacists to redirect their attention to prevention, treatment and harm reduction strategies.

View the position paper here: The Pharmacy Technician’s Role in the Handling of Controlled Substance

In 2017, Health Canada embarked on the creation of guidance documents to support the handling of drugs returned to pharmacies as well as the destruction of unusable controlled drugs. PTSA took the opportunity to let Health Canada know that “pharmacy technician” needs to be specifically defined within the regulations and our role reflected in not only how we support pharmacists, but as the owners of this work in pharmacies. You can read the feedback letter here.

Earlier this month, Health Canada opened a consultation period seeking feedback in all areas of pharmacy practice in anticipation of proposed amendments to the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR), the Benzodiazepines and Other Targeted Substances Regulations (BOTSR) and the Food and Drug Regulations – Part G (FDR – Part G). This is the perfect opportunity for pharmacy technicians to provide detailed comments on what the proposed amendments should be. PTSA will be developing a response to the request for feedback in an attempt to influence the necessary changes. If you are interested in the work to review current legislation and identify areas that need to be addressed please contact us at The advocacy committee will be reviewing and compiling all feedback to meet the deadline of May 7, 2019.

More information is available on the Health Canada website.


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