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

The College of Pharmacists of BC Professional Practice Policy-66 requires that all registrants who are employed in a pharmacy providing services related to Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT), must have completed OAT-CAMPP training by September 30, 2021.  Effective October 1, 2021, PharmaCare requires every pharmacist at a pharmacy that provides OAT to have completed the OAT-CAMPP training. OAT-CAMPP training will also be required for pharmacies to enroll in the OAT provider sub-class and to maintain enrollment.

If pharmacists at your pharmacy did not complete the training program before the deadline, you will need to request a temporary exemption to retain your status as a PharmaCare OAT sub-class provider. Contact HIBC Information Support to request an application for the exemption. Application requests must be received by HIBC before 5:00 PM PST on October 22, 2021. Exemptions are per pharmacy (enrolled provider), not per pharmacist, and last for a limited time only. Details will be available on the application form. For more information see PharmaCare Newsletter (Oct. 5, 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 in several ways, including the addition of elements moved from what was the in-person workshop. After confirming your registration date, you will receive an invitation to the updated online modules. (Please note, most modules are too large to be read easily on a cell phone and the e-training platform works best on Chrome.) 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. In November, a new module, in webinar format, entitled "COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis” was added. OAT participants are strongly urged to complete this webinar prior to attending the virtual workshop. 

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 again, 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 (To ensure your spam filter does not flag this email, please add the BCPhA email address to your safe senders list). 

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 1 2021 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
January 21 2022 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.