March 2017

NP controlled substances prescribing update

On March 8, 2017, Council approved proposed regulations and by-laws related to NPs prescribing controlled substances. We've forwarded the regulations to government for review and approval. If approved, the regulation changes will expand NPs’ scope of practice to include prescribing controlled substances.

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. We will inform all NPs and stakeholders once we know the exact implementation date. NPs will only be able to prescribe controlled substances once government approves the regulations and after successfully completing approved controlled substances education.

Once the regulations are approved, we will provide resources to support NP practice and inform the public.

Required controlled substances education
The deadline to complete approved controlled substances education and prevent a restriction on your Find a Nurse registration profile has now passed.

However, it is still important to take the course as soon as possible. If you complete the course before the regulation changes take effect, you may be able to avoid a restriction on your profile. The restriction is posted to ensure the public, employers, and stakeholders know who can and cannot prescribe controlled substances. Nevertheless, if you successfully complete the course, the restriction will be removed when we receive evidence of successful completion from the university where you took the course.

For more information, visit NPs and Prescribing Controlled Substances.

Recently approved programs
To add to the options for approved controlled substances education, Council has approved:

  • University of Manitoba NP program (this program has the controlled substances content integrated into its curriculum) 

  • University of Toronto’s controlled substances course

To see all the Council-approved courses, read Q&As: Controlled Substances Education Requirement.


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