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NP CDS Prescribing: CRNBC learning module is live

Launch of module brings CDS prescribing one step closer

​posted June 14, 2016

CRNBC learning module is live!

We are very pleased to announce that the Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS) Prescribing module is now ready. This self-directed learning module builds on the knowledge gained in the foundational course NPs take on CDS prescribing, and it includes information and activities designed to support NPs in:

  • Applying the relevant federal and provincial legislation
  • Understanding the CRNBC Standards, Limits, Conditions and Competencies for prescribing CDS in the context of NP practice.
  • Recognizing the risks and mitigating factors associated with prescribing CDS.
  • Utilizing  pharmacovigilance and applying best practices to mitigate these risks
  • Being aware and applying the requirements of the Controlled Prescription Program and PharmaNet when prescribing CDS.

Start the module now

CDS prescribing updates

Prescribing standard: board approved

On May 30, 2016, the CRNBC board approved updates to the NP Prescribing Standards, Limits and Conditions: Incorporating the prescribing of Controlled Drugs and Substances. It's important to note these standards are not yet in effect.

The revised standards, limits and conditions will come into effect following amendments to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation related to compounding, dispensing and administering Schedule 1A drugs, and in alignment with CRNBC board effective dates.

Reminder: PharmaNet

Before prescribing CDS, NPs need to register with Ministry of Health for the Access to PharmaNet Program appropriate to the practice site(s) where they will be prescribing controlled drugs and substances.

NPs will need to work with their employer(s) or directly with PharmaNet to secure this access.

Controlled Prescription Program (CPP)

CRNBC is working with our partners to put this program in place for NPs. We will keep you posted.

What still needs to happen?

  • Updates to Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation need to be finalized
  • CDS standards, limits & conditions come into effect
  • CRNBC partners complete requirements to launch CPP program
  • Employers establishing supports for NPs to prescribe. Note that some employers may restrict NP prescribing (see requirements page)


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