Administration of Injections

Administration of Injections Certificate Program for Pharmacists

The BCPhA collaborated with the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC), Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to develop its Accredited Administration of Injections Certificate Program.

Training sessions began in September 2009.  As of August 2016, more than 3,650 pharmacists have received the authority to administer injections in the province! Congratulations to all the pharmacists who have embraced this expanded scope of practice.

The BCPhA Administration of Injections Certificate Program is made up of two components; an online pre-study called the Immunization Competency Program for BC Health Professionals plus an additional intranasal module, and an in-person workshop called the Practical Administration of Injections for BC Pharmacists. Each component requires separate registration. Upon successful completion of both components, a pharmacist can be considered to hold a continuing education certificate in Immunizations and Injections.  Please review the statement of appropriate use for the BCPhA continuing education certificate in Immunizations and Injections.  The continuing education certificate is not a certification in immunizations and injections. 

Pharmacists must receive authorization from the CPBC prior to providing injection services.  To receive authorization, a pharmacist must submit an Application for Certification - Injection Drug Administration form along with valid certificates for CPR & first aid and both Injection Program components.  Applications for the legal authority to administer injections will be reviewed by CPBC as they are received and qualified applicants will be notified of their authorization.

Pharmacist Expanded Access to Publicly Funded Vaccines

Since February 2013, pharmacists authorized to administer injections have access to and are remunerated for the administration of more publicly funded vaccines. Pharmacists now have routine access to Td (tetanus diphtheria), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), HPV-Cervarix, influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines. Other publicly funded vaccines typically provided by public health or available for limited eligibility criteria  are also available to authorized pharmacists by special request including hepatitis A & B vaccines, HPV-Gardasil, meningococcal-C and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) among several others.

General information is available on the BC PharmaCare website.


Policy & Procedures Manual - Administration of Injections

The BCPhA Administration of Injections Policy and Procedure Manual is now available for download by Pharmacy members. This manual is a template intended to support you in fulfilling your obligations under pharmacy practice legislation (other legislation is excluded) and is meant to be modified according to your pharmacy’s individual practice. 

To download these documents, log in to the members’ side and go to the Professional Resources tab – Regulatory Compliance Support.