Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance And Management Program For Pharmacy

Live OAT Training workshops resuming virtually

OAT Training Workshops, which were suspended by the Ministry of Health on March 14 due to COVID-19, are resuming virtually as of November 20, 2020.

If your session was affected by the suspension, you should soon receive an email from the Association detailing how to transfer your registration. If you don't receive the email, please contact Yvonne Brown at yvonne.brown@bcpharmacy.ca. For those who have not yet signed up for an OAT Training workshop, general registration will begin on November 5, 2020.

Last Updated: November 2, 2020

As stated in the PharmaCare Newsletter on August 27, 2019, one pharmacist from every pharmacy enrolled as an Opioid Agonist Treatment Provider (formerly Methadone Maintenance Provider) should have now completed the Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy. Pharmacies not meeting this requirement may be ineligible for methadone witness ingestion fees. Furthermore, the College of Pharmacists of BC Professional Practice Policy-66 requires that all registrants who are employed in a pharmacy dispensing OAT, must have completed this training by September 30, 2021. 

This accredited course is the first of its kind in Canada focusing solely on the needs of community pharmacists and technicians in delivering care to patients with opioid use disorder. It is based around the most up-to-date research on the disorder and the various types of pharmacological treatments. The course takes a patient-centred approach, discussing the lived experiences of patients and how effective communication from pharmacists can reduce stigma and increase patient engagement.

With support from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program, and working closely with the First Nations Health Authority, the BCPhA has developed this robust OAT training program. It is consistent with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) guidelines, the updated professional practice policies of the College, and the requirements of the Ministry of Health.

For pharmacists, the course includes an online self-study component that must be completed before attending a live virtual workshop. Pharmacy technicians only need to complete online modules.

2020 Relaunch

The format for the OAT CAMPP training program has changed. New materials were added to the online component and in-person workshops have been moved to live virtual meetings, in compliance with existing public health requirements.

The online component has been updated with several elements moved from what was the in-person workshop. After confirming your registration date, you will receive an invitation to the updated online modules. You only need to complete the online course once. If you have done the online modules prior to training suspension, you do not have to complete the updated modules, which are accessible at anytime for use as a refresher.

On November 17, 2020, a new module, in webinar format, entitled "COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis” will be launched. OAT participants are strongly urged to complete this webinar prior to attending the virtual workshop. For more information visit BCPhA Events.

The live, virtual workshops will be four hours in length, held over Zoom Video Conferencing (System Requirements). Attendees will need to ensure they have a webcam, microphone and reliable internet in order to participate and subsequently receive a Statement of Completion (please note, a cell phone is not sufficient to take part). After your virtual workshop is confirmed, we will mail you a workshop package containing a handout of the PowerPoint slides, various other printed materials, and a small kit for naloxone training containing a syringe, a vial with an ampoule of saline and an ampoule breaker. A few days before the workshop, you will receive an email with login credentials to enter the Zoom video conferencing room. 

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of community pharmacists with regard to dispensing opioid agonist treatment (OAT).  
  • Apply the provincial guidelines for the clinical management of opioid use disorder (OUD) when dispensing OAT.
  • Reflect and address self-biases that lead to stigma and discrimination of patients with OUD.
  • Adhere to the regulatory requirements when dispensing OAT.
  • Comply with PharmaCare requirements when submitting claims for OAT.

CCCEP Accreditation

Program Name: BCPhA Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy
Course author: 
BC Pharmacy Association

This program is CCCEP accredited for 12.0 CEUs.

CCCEP Number: 1092-2018-2572-B-P, expires December 5, 2021.

Please note: this is accredited as a blended program consisting of an online component and a live workshop component. One combined Statement of Completion for both the online modules and the workshop will be provided after the live workshop.

Registration Information for Pharmacists

The online component is a prerequisite for the live virtual workshop. By registering for one of the virtual workshops below, you will gain access to the online component. 

Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with instructions on accessing the online modules. When registering, please ensure that your mailing address is correct in the shopping cart. The workshop materials will be sent to this address. Please register early to allow time for shipping.

Member price: $200 plus GST
Non-member price: $450 plus GST

Changes or cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop and "no shows" will incur a $50 fee.

Please stay tuned as we continue to update the list with more dates! If you would like to offer a suggestion for a future date or time contact yvonne.brown@bcpharmacy.ca.

December 5, 2020 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
December 8, 2020 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
December 14, 2020 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
January 9, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
January 14, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
January 24, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
January 30, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Full
February 11, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
February 19, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
February 27, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
March 8, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
March 13, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
March 24, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
March 30, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
April 10, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
April 13, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
April 23, 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register

All times are in Pacific Time unless otherwise stated

Registration for Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians will only be required to complete the online component of the training.

Program Name: BCPhA Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy (Online)
Course author:
 BC Pharmacy Association

This program is CCCEP accredited for 6.0 CEUs.

CCCEP Number: 1092-2018-2623-I-P, expires December 5, 2021.

Pricing for pharmacy technicians: $150 plus GST 

If you already have a BCPhA pharmacy technician account, please click here to register for the pharmacy technician course.

If you do not have a BCPhA pharmacy technician account, please click here to create an account. After your account is approved, you will receive information with your account information and how to purchase the course.