At the February 23, 2017 meeting, Council approved in principle the bylaws that set the continuous quality improvement (CQI) program requirement, which will be met by COMPASS starting with the 2017-2018 permit year (December 1, 2017). The bylaws and background information were submitted to stakeholders in March 2017 for consultation before final approval. Based on stakeholder feedback, Council approved the continuous quality improvement bylaws for proprietary pharmacies. These have now been approved by the Minister of Health.

As COMPASS is the only program that meets continuous quality improvement (CQI) program requirement standards, the College is levying a surcharge of $500 per pharmacy to finance education and training, and subscriptions to the resources needed for COMPASS, including medication incident identification and reporting systems and a safety self-assessment tool. 

For more information about proprietary pharmacy permit fees, as well as registration, membership, licence and reinstatement fees, please review Part F of the SCPP Administrative Bylaws.

The following is the breakdown of the $500.00 permit fee increase:

CPhIR/MSSA subscription $ 340.00*
Implementation, Compliance assurance and Administrative costs $ 160.00**
Total fee increase $ 500.00

*SCPP will absorb the $170.00 cost (half of a full pharmacy) of the subscription for satellite pharmacies.
**If the QI Coordinator at the satellite pharmacy is the same person as in the base pharmacy, no training fee will be charged.

The Community Pharmacy Incident Reporting System (CPhIR)/ Medication Safety Self-Assessment (MSSA) subscription is the largest portion of the $500.00 cost. The rest of the cost goes towards training, compliance and monitoring.

For added clarity, the $340.00 subscription fee is paid to ISMP Canada for use by participating pharmacies of their CPhIR system and MSSA tools, along with other resources intended to enhance the usefulness of these tools. For this year, the $160.00 implementation fee is directed towards providing training to every pharmacy’s Quality Improvement (QI) Coordinator, and pharmacy manager or other staff and interested parties, as space permits.


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