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Offering an alternative to a mandatory bridging program

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario College of PHARMACISTS

Ontario College of PHARMACISTS


This practice helps regulators streamline the ways internationally educated applicants may demonstrate competencies by allowing exemptions from mandatory bridging programs.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) requires internationally educated pharmacy graduates to complete a mandatory bridging program. However, applicants may attempt the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) exams before starting the bridging program. If an applicant successfully passes the PEBC qualifying exams (which are a requirement for all applicants) on the first attempt, he or she is may ask to be exempted from the mandatory bridging program.

The applicant may thereby reduce the steps in the registration process, significantly reducing the time it takes overall.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Makes registration process more efficient and less complicated; timelines are improved, unnecessary steps are eliminated, use of resources is optimized.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • 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:

  • Assessment of Qualifications
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Apr 25, 2013