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B.C. Reg. 43/2018
Deposited March 14, 2018
effective April 1, 2018
This consolidation is current to March 14, 2023.
Link to consolidated regulation (PDF)

Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act

Pharmacy Operations General Regulation


1   In this regulation, "Act" means the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act.

Health care professions prescribed as practitioners

2   The following classes of persons are prescribed for the purposes of paragraph (b) (i) of the definition of "practitioner" in section 1 of the Act:

(a) midwives;

(b) nurses practising nursing as nurse practitioners, registered nurses or registered psychiatric nurses;

(c) optometrists;

(d) pharmacists, but only for the purpose of prescribing the following drugs for emergency contraception:

(i) ethinyl estradiol;

(ii) norgestrel;

(iii) progestin;

(e) naturopathic physicians.

Persons who may both prescribe drugs and own pharmacies

3   For the purposes of section 5 (1) of the Act, a pharmacist who is authorized to prescribe a drug listed in section 2 (d) of this regulation for the purpose of emergency contraception may be a direct owner or an indirect owner.

When notice of change must be given to registrar

4   A person must give written notice to the registrar under section 7.1 of the Act as follows:

(a) at least 7 days before a manager ceases to manage a pharmacy;

(b) at least 30 days before the location of a pharmacy changes;

(c) at least 30 days before a direct owner changes;

(d) at least 7 days before an indirect owner changes;

(e) on becoming aware that a direct owner has ceased to be eligible, under section 3 of the Act, to hold a pharmacy licence.

When bylaw comes into force

5   A bylaw under section 21 (1) of the Act comes into force on the date that falls 60 days after the date of filing, unless the minister takes an action set out in that section.

Period in which minister may disallow drug schedule regulation

6   The minister may disallow a regulation or a portion of a regulation under section 22 (2.1) of the Act within 60 days after the date of filing.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 77, s. 34.1]