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NP Prescribing of Controlled Drugs and Substances

Update: milestones in moving forward

posted June 24, 2014

We’ve achieved a number of milestones related to NP prescribing of controlled drugs and substances:

  • Specific standards, limits and conditions for NPs prescribing of controlled drugs and substances have been developed by the Nurse Practitioner Standards Committee. The plan is that these will go to the CRNBC Board in the Fall for approval based on the recommendation of the NP Standards Committee.
  • The competencies for NP prescribing of controlled drugs and substances have also been developed by an expert panel of NPs and others. 

A big thank you to the NPs and others who have been involved in developing the above.

What’s next for us…..consultations with partners and stakeholders

One of our next steps is to work further with stakeholders and partners in relation to the implementation of the above standards, limits and conditions. This work includes consulting with them in June, possibly extending into summer. These stakeholders and partners include:

  • B.C. Nurse Practitioner Association
  • B.C. Ministry of Health,
  • Other regulatory health colleges,
  • NP Education Programs at universities in B.C., and
  • Health authorities.

What’s next for the provincial government

The provincial government is working to develop provincial regulation amendments to give NPs the authority to prescribe controlled drugs and substances in B.C.

As all of these activities and others, converge, an actual implementation date will become clearer.

More Information

For more information, email Chris Daly, Nursing Policy Consultant or call 604.736.7331 (1.800.565.6505), ext. 304.

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