Registration and Licensing Renewal Now Open!

Annual renewals for the 2018 registration year have begun. An email has been sent to all registrants and Pharmacists-in-Charge with instructions on how to renew.

NEW THIS YEAR:

  • Registrants will be asked to upload proof of professional liability insurance, in the form of a certificate of insurance obtained from their insurance provider. This document should bear the carrier name, policy number and expiry date for their policy. A user guide on how to upload the certificate can be found in the Library Section of your Member Home page.
  • REMINDERS:

    • The deadline for renewals (including payment) is November 30, 2017.
    • Pharmacists-in-Charge should be prepared to provide ownership information for the pharmacy.
    • 2018 pharmacy licences will be mailed to each pharmacy and a certificate of registration will be emailed to each registrant who has renewed for 2018 in December, after the renewal period has ended.
    • Registrants are advised to have all necessary information handy before beginning the online renewal process. Once the renewal is started it cannot be saved and resumed. Additionally, after two hours, the system will automatically log you out.
    • Once the renewal is completed and paid, to print your receipt, please click View/Print Invoices and select the paid invoice as proof of payment.
    • If you forget your username and/or password, click Registrant Login. Under “Forgot your username/password”, enter the email address associated with your profile. Your login information will be emailed to you shortly. Once logged in, you can change your username and password to something easier for you to remember.

Professional Liability Insurance and PANL Membership

It has come to the attention of the Board that some pharmacists inadvertently missed the renewal deadlines for their professional liability insurance and PANL membership this year. Registrants are reminded that they have an obligation to ensure that they obtain and maintain professional liability insurance as set out in section 14-17 of the Pharmacy Act, 2012 and sections 8-9 of the Pharmacy Regulations, 2014. Pharmacists also have an obligation to maintain membership with PANL as set out in section 21 of the Pharmacy Act, 2012. Please take this time to ensure that you have up to date membership with PANL and professional liability insurance that meets the requirements as outlined by the Board in the document, Professional Liability Insurance Requirements for Registration, available on the Registration & Authorization Information For Registrants page of the NLPB website.

Additionally, as of the upcoming 2017 annual renewal process, all registrants will be required to upload a copy of their active professional liability insurance certificate at annual renewal time as well as within 30 days of any update to the policy if that update occurs during the registration year.


CPD Reminder

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are reminded that in order to renew registration for 2018, all professional development activities must be first entered into their online Professional Development (PD) logs.

To be eligible for registration renewal, registrants are required to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of professional development learning activities between December 1 and November 30 of each PD year. Of these 15 hours, a minimum of 7.5 must be from accredited learning activities (i.e. programs that have been accredited for no less than a total of 7.5 CEUs) with a balance of 7.5 hours of participation in either accredited or non-accredited learning activities.

Further information can be found by visiting the Frequently-Asked Questions about Professional Development page of the website or by viewing the Standards of Practice – Professional Development for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, available on the Standards, Guidelines and Policies page.


Pharmacy Technician Registration Appeals

Pharmacy Technician applicants who find themselves in a position of not being able to complete the full process by December 31, 2017 may appeal to the Board for a limited extension.
The purpose of the special appeal is to ensure that candidates who are acting in good faith to complete the Pharmacy Technician registration process are not penalized due to circumstances that are out of their control. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they qualify for special consideration because of these circumstances.

The Pharmacy Technician Appeal Committee has defined the following appeal application and decision process:

  • Candidates will apply for the appeal using the standardized form, posted on the Authorization & Registration Information For Registrants page, under Information for Pharmacy Technicians – Related Forms. All appeal applications must be submitted no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.
  • NLPB office staff will review the applications for completeness and follow up with candidates if additional information is needed. Applications will also be de-identified at this time.
  • The Pharmacy Technician Appeal Committee will meet to review the applications. Consideration will be given to candidates who have demonstrated they were acting in good faith to meet the deadline.
  • The Committee’s recommendations will be presented to the NLPB Board for their decision. It is anticipated that the appeal decisions will be finalized in early 2018.


EARLY NOTICE – December Holiday Hours

In anticipation of upcoming registration-related deadlines, we wanted to give advance notice of the Board office’s Holiday Hours. This year, in recognition of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Board office will be closed from Monday, December 25th through to Monday, January 1st, reopening on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


Health Professionals Questionnaire: Cannabis Public Education

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will be developing resources that will provide information and advice on how to have informative and engaging conversations about cannabis with youth and vulnerable populations. These conversations might include the facts about cannabis use, the risks and the proposed changes to federal legislation. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada are seeking input from health professionals on the types of information that would be most helpful to you and to your patients. Please take a few moments to complete this short online survey. Your input will help inform the development of cannabis public education resources.

Link to Survey: https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/?st=xwjTYxFyhQdBv9a7z3iA%2b%2f1swcW62Xo%2f4V8%2b9N54xys%3d&lang=en. The survey should take you about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation is completely voluntary and your responses will be treated in confidence. The results of this survey will be reported in aggregate form and no answers will be attributed to specific individuals. For more information on Health Canada’s Privacy Policy, please visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/important-eng.php


Professional Practice Webinars

The October Professional Practice webinar, “Frequently-Asked Questions – Professional Development Standards and Online Portal” is now available on the Professional Practice Webinars page of the NLPB website. The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Topic and registration information will be emailed out to all registrants in the coming weeks.


Drug Information Centre at MUN has Reopened!

The Drug Information Centre at MUN has reopened! Just a phone call (709) 777-7584 or email (druginfo@mun.ca) away to your free, one stop resource for quick and comprehensive drug information. Follow on Twitter @MUNDrugInfo.


Faculty of Medicine Education Session

Office of Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, is pleased to offer Women & Children’s Health Day 2017.

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Time: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Dr. Richard Fagan Lecture Theatre (1M101), Medical Education Centre, 1M101 & Web-Conferencing

Topics:

  • Obesity in Children
  • Transgender Healthcare
  • Child Protection: Duty to Report
  • Practical Tips for Medication Management of Pediatric ADHD
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Antibiotic Misuse in Children
  • And More!
  • Learn more and register at https://www.med.mun.ca/opd/programs/info.asp?id=40


MUN Survey – Using Digital, Social, & Mobile Technologies (DSMTs) for Your Continuing Professional Education (CPE)


This e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As it is published and circulated to all registrants on a monthly basis, it is the expectation of the NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.

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