The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists works on behalf of all Nova Scotians to regulate and license pharmacy professionals and the pharmacies where they work. As the pharmacy regulator, we set the standards for quality pharmacy care.
In the past decade, the NSCP has enabled pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to take on broader roles within the healthcare system, including pharmacists assessing and prescribing for renewals, travel health, contraception management, shingles and uncomplicated bladder infections. The NSCP was the first pharmacy regulator in Canada to enable pharmacy technicians to administer drugs by injection, significantly increasing the available supply of healthcare practitioners to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
Healthcare delivery is complex. As the regulator of the profession, we work with educators, the government and other health system stakeholders so that pharmacy professionals use the full scope of their knowledge and skills to meet the public’s healthcare needs. We also work with other pharmacy regulators across Canada and the US to maintain the quality and safety of pharmacy care in Nova Scotia.
This is a critical time in professional self-regulation. The public is demanding a new approach to how professions are regulated, expecting increased transparency and accountability by regulators and evidence that they are fulfilling their mandate of public protection. As a key partner in the healthcare system and a member of the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network, the NSCP has the privilege and responsibility to contribute to the evolution of effective healthcare regulation in the province.
Mission: Governing the practice of pharmacy in Nova Scotia in the interest of the health and well-being of the public.
Vision: All pharmacy practitioners recognize the impact of their roles in the healthcare system and practice to their full scope.