Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy

OAT Training Advisory: COVID-19 Pandemic

Pharmacists and pharmacies across the province have been occupied with the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that OAT training occurring after March 14 will be suspended until further notice.

The Ministry of Health will provide direction regarding when training sessions will resume, when they deem it reasonable in the context of general guidance from the Provincial Health Officer.

If you have already registered for one of the upcoming sessions, a representative from the BC Pharmacy Association will reach out to you. There will be no cancellation fees for participants.

Last Updated: March 13, 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 March 31, 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 an in-person workshop. Pharmacy technicians only need to complete online modules.

Program Background

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, 2020.

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

Registration Information for Pharmacists

The online component is a prerequisite for the in-person workshop. By registering in the live 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.

Member price: $300 plus GST
Non-member price: $550 plus GST

Changes or cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop and "no shows" will incur a $75 fee.

Please stay tuned as we continue to update the list with more locations and dates! If you would like to offer a suggestion for a future location, please register your preferences here or contact yvonne.brown@bcpharmacy.ca.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 Civic Hotel 13475 Central Ave
Surrey BC
Postponed
Sunday, March 22, 2020 Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe 100 Harbour Rd
Victoria BC
Postponed 
Sunday, March 29, 2020 Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water St
Kelowna BC
Postponed
Saturday, April 4, 2020 Sandman Signature 2990 Recplace Dr
Prince George BC
Postponed
Sunday, April 5, 2020 Inn at the Quay 900 Quayside Dr
New Westminster BC
Postponed
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Coast Chilliwack Hotel 45920 First Ave
Chilliwack BC
Postponed
Sunday, April 19, 2020 Coast Bastion Hotel 11 Bastion St
Nanaimo BC
Postponed
Saturday, April 25, 2020 Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway
Vancouver BC
Postponed
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway
Vancouver BC
Postponed
Saturday, May 30, 2020 Civic Hotel 13475 Central Ave
Surrey BC
Postponed
Sunday, June 7, 2020 Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe 100 Harbour Rd
Victoria BC
Postponed
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Holiday Inn North Vancouver 700 Old Lillooet Rd
North Vancouver BC
Postponed
Saturday, July 11, 2020 Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water St
Kelowna BC
Postponed

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, 2020.

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.