The Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals is the self-governing body for the profession of pharmacy in the province.
The new Act, The Pharmacy and Pharmacy Disciplines Act, enhances the pharmacists' scope of practice and welcomes a new class of pharmacy professionals -- Pharmacy Technicians. Under authority of our the Act, we regulate pharmacists, pharmacies, pharmacy technicians and drugs.
We register as pharmacists only those persons who meet the education and training qualifications specified under the Act. Once registered as members, pharmacists may be licensed to provide direct patient care upon meeting standards of competency and other requirements.
We issue proprietary pharmacy permits to operate pharmacies to only those proprietors who meet the requirements under this Act.
Under the Food and Drugs Act, Health Canada specifies whether or not drugs are available to the public upon prescription. In conjunction with this federal jurisdiction, we categorize non-prescription drugs according to restrictions needed for the public to use them safely. These restrictions are based upon the objective application of scientific criteria by a national advisory committee of experts. Therefore, some non-prescription drugs are accessible to the public only through the pharmacist, some are available only from the public's self selection area of the pharmacy, while others are available from any retail outlet.