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Providing comprehensive information on timing and fees for registration

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario College of PHARMACISTS

Ontario College of PHARMACISTS


This practice will interest regulators who wish to provide detail about timing, fees and related considerations for applicants.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) has developed detailed charts for various types of applicants pursuing registration as pharmacists or as pharmacy technicians.

The OCP provides a customized "fees and timelines" chart for each of twelve different types of applicants on its website. Each chart explains:

  • processing timelines

  • expiry dates of requirements (to ensure currency of knowledge, skills, and judgment)

  • the time needed to complete the entire registration process, including meeting the requirements of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.

  • fees for completing each requirement

Applicants can clearly see the cost of each step and the total cost.

The OCP distinguishes between the timelines and costs of its own steps and those of its qualifications assessment agencies.

These charts help applicants understand the process and plan their registration.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve access to pre-immigration assessments.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Information for Applicants
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Jun 05, 2013