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The Island Capsule
Edition 8, Volume 19
The Island Capsule is a publication of the PEI College of Pharmacy and is forwarded to every registrant of the College on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. 

Administration of Drugs Practice Directive-Update

The Council of the PEI College of Pharmacy recently approved updates to the Administration of Drugs Practice Directive.  The approved changes include pharmacy technicians in the administration of drugs, a regulatory amendment that came into effect on October 1, 2022, along with additional wording changes to provide additional clarity. 

Administration of Drugs Practice Directive 

Practice Directive Prescribing of Drugs by Pharmacists-Update

The Council of the PEI College of Pharmacy recently approved updates to the Practice Directive Prescribing of Drugs by Pharmacists. Changes to the practice directive include:

  • Changing minor ailment to common ailment to align with the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Regulations 
  • Ability to conduct an assessment virtually, when prescribing does not require the assessment of physical factors. 
  • Allowing the pharmacist to determine appropriateness of notification of all prescribing activities.
  • Changing language around continued care prescription to align with amendments made to the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Regulations since 2020
  • Addition of wording to provide clarity around pharmacist decisions to prescribe for a common ailment. 
  • Removing references to public health or states of emergencies throughout the practice directive

Practice Directive Prescribing of Drugs by Pharmacists 

Pharmacy Technician Drug Administration Applications

The Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Regulations have been amended to allow for pharmacy technicians to apply for a special authorization to administer drugs and vaccines by injection.  This amendment came into force on October 1, 2022. 

The requirements to apply for an extended practice certificate are:

  1. Successful completion of a CCCEP competency mapped accredited program in immunization and injection, and
  2. Current certification in CPR and first aid.

Pharmacy technicians may now apply for an extended practice certificate in Drug Administration using the following application form: Pharmacy Technician Application Form

The application form may be emailed to the PEICP office (  The following information must accompany the application form:

  1. proof of successful completion of a CCCEP competency mapped accredited program in immunization and injection,
  2. current certification in CPR and first aid, and
  3. payment of $50 application fee, which may be sent by e-transfer to (no password required.) If sending an e-transfer, please note your name in the memo/notes field if the e-transfer is coming from an alternate person or email address. Please advise the office if you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque.

You will receive an EPC certificate following approval of your application.  

Administration of Injections Workshop in PEI

The information below is being shared on behalf of Dalhousie Continuing Pharmacy Education:

DalCPE Injection Training PEI Date Scheduled!
Administration of Injections Workshop
Sunday October 2nd, 2022 – Halifax 
Saturday October 29th, 2022 – Prince Edward Island
Please note – these will be the final offerings of this program until the spring of 2023!
This is the second component of the Immunization and Injection Administration Training Program and the Pharmacy Technician Administration of Drugs by Injection Program.  Both of these programs have a virtual component and an in-person assessment where candidates must successfully administer an intramuscular and a subcutaneous injection to receive a certificate of completion for the workshop.


Council Seeking Nominations

The Council of the PEI College of Pharmacy is seeking 2 nominations from registrants to fulfill the roles of a pharmacist and pharmacy technician on Council.  

Serving as a Director on the Council of the PEI College of Pharmacy is an opportunity to play an important role in advancing the College’s legislated mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest. All Directors-pharmacists and pharmacy technicians elected by their peers and members of the public appointed by government – share a fiduciary duty to serve and protect the public interest through effective governance and a commitment to public accountability and service. 

In accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and PEI College of Pharmacy Bylaws:

The following persons are not eligible for election or appointment to a council:

(a) a person who is, or was within the past year, a member of the governing body of an advocacy organization for the regulated health profession; or
(b) a person whose conduct was found, within the past year, to constitute professional misconduct or incompetence under the RHPA or in another jurisdiction; or
(c) a person who is a respondent in an ongoing complaint under the RHPA or in another jurisdiction.

Registrants interested in putting forward their name for nomination are directed to completed the Nomination Form below by Friday, October 28, 2022.  

Council Nomination Form

Office Closures

The PEICP office will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.  The office will reopen at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 11. 
Visiting the PEICP Office

If you need to visit the College office, please email or call 902-628-3561 to make an appointment.
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