January 2017

Update: NPs’ authority to prescribe controlled substances

The College is currently consulting with stakeholders on proposed regulation changes that would enable NPs to prescribe controlled substances. You have until Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 to give your feedback.

The College is working with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to implement the proposed regulation changes by the end of March 2017, subject to Council and government approval. We will inform all stakeholders once we know the exact implementation date.

Read more about this initiative on the NPs and Prescribing Controlled Substances page.

Controlled substances education

Since the prescribing of controlled substances is a high-risk activity, NPs have been asked to complete one of two Council-approved courses by Friday, March 10, 2017.  The course content builds on existing NP competencies and is broader than prescribing (for example, it includes an overview of federal laws, ethical considerations, misconceptions and client stigmatizations).

All NPs were sent an email about the approved courses on Dec. 16, 2016. Since then, hundreds of NPs have completed a course and hundreds more are in the process. Once we receive an NP’s validation of successful course completion from the university, we will send the NP an email confirming we have this information.

If you don’t hear from us within three weeks of successfully completing the course, read Q&As: Controlled Substances Education Requirement for instructions on what to do.

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