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The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is an organization that supports and advances the professional and economic interests of community pharmacists and pharmacies in the province. The BCPhA’s membership includes more than 3,100 practicing pharmacists and nearly 900 pharmacies that are in communities large and small across the province. Membership in the Association is voluntary. The BCPhA is a not-for-profit organization governed by the BC Societies Act.
The primary goal of the Association is to support pharmacists and pharmacy owners in the day-to-day delivery of pharmacy services. The BCPhA is the primary advocate for the profession and the business of community pharmacy in B.C. with government and other payers. The Association takes a leadership role in supporting and expanding use of pharmacist expertise in the health-care system.
In its role as an advocate for the profession and business of community pharmacy, the BCPhA maintains robust working relationships with the College of Pharmacists of BC and UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The BCPhA is a member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association and holds a seat on its Board.
The Association is an active contributor to health policy in the province. It regularly makes submissions to the provincial government and has an active MLA outreach program that connects community pharmacists with their elected officials.
As part of its support to members, the Association develops practice support training and resource materials.
The BCPhA is separate and distinct for the College of Pharmacists of BC, which is the organization that licenses and regulates pharmacist and pharmacies in the province.