posted March 20, 2013
CRNBC has begun preliminary work to support changes to federal controlled substance regulations, the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations. These new federal regulations open the door to the province enacting its own regulations that could eventually enable Nurse Practitioners to prescribe controlled drugs and substances. It is important to understand that, even though the changes were approved at the federal level, NPs in the province are not yet authorized to prescribe controlled drugs and substances. The final decision rests with the provincial Minister of Health.
The College's policy work will engage the NP community and other key stakeholder groups to develop approaches that ensure public protection. This work includes a literature review, interviews with experts in the field, and developing a survey to be sent to all NPs in the province.
The survey, to be sent in early April, will help the College determine how NPs see prescription of controlled drugs and substances being incorporated into NP practice, and their perceptions regarding their need for education and other supports in order to safely prescribe them. Feel free to contact the College if you have questions or feedback.