Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance And Management Program For Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacists of B.C. Professional Practice Policy (PPP)-66 requires that all registrants who are employed in a pharmacy providing services related to Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT), must complete the OAT-Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy (OAT-CAMPP) training before practicing in that pharmacy.  (Note that as per PPP-66, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency in British Columbia, the policy above does not apply to pharmacists who are only providing the COVID-19 and/or flu immunizations).

PharmaCare requires every pharmacist at a pharmacy that provides OAT to have completed the OAT-CAMPP training. OAT-CAMPP training will be required for pharmacies to enroll in the OAT provider sub-class and to maintain enrollment. 

Updated Provincial OUD Guidelines

On November 22, 2023, the updated provincial Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Guidelines were released by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). The College Professional Practice Policies (PPP) – 66 Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) and the Policy Guides (Buprenorphine/naloxone, Methadone and Slow-release oral morphine) have been updated to align with the 2023 clinical updates in the OUD guidelines. For more information on the amendments visit the BCPhA webpage Changes to B.C.’s OUD Guidelines.

OAT CAMPP training is currently undergoing a major update to be aligned with these clinical and regulatory changes. The update is expected to be in place by Spring 2024. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students who urgently need to complete OAT CAMPP for their practice can continue to register for existing OAT CAMPP training, but if there is flexibility, it’s recommended to delay taking the course until the update is finalized.

Webinar recording available: 

Changes to the Opioid Use Disorder Guidelines and what pharmacists need to know

In 2017, the BC Centre for Substance Use (BCCSU) released the first provincial guideline for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Since the release, the guideline has been updated to align with new evidence and clinical practice changes and to meet the evolving challenges that resulted from unregulated fentanyl and other toxic substances, such as high opioid tolerance.
Mona Kwong from BCCSU and Ann Johnston from the BC Pharmacy Association discuss updates to the provincial guideline for the clinical management of OUD, including updated clinical recommendations on dosing, titration and missed doses, new protocols for take-home dosing and policy guide changes. 

The webinar can be found on the BCPhA e-training portal or on the BCCSU OUD webpage under webinar series.

About the course

The accredited OAT CAMPP 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.

Course format

The OAT CAMPP is a blended course which includes two parts: (1) Online modules (approximately 8 hours) and (2) a live virtual workshop (4 hours). Pharmacy technicians complete only a specific set of online modules.

Online modules must be completed prior to attending the virtual workshop. This includes an added module, in webinar format, entitled "COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis”. 

Virtual workshops are held via 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 (a cell phone is not sufficient to take part). 
  • After your virtual workshop date is confirmed, a package will be mailed to the address you've provided. The package contains a handout of the PowerPoint slides, resource materials, and a placebo kit for naloxone training (syringe, vial, saline ampoule and 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, 2024.

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.

Price: $50 plus GST

Changes or cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop and "no shows" will incur a $25 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. Student members can register for Student Only OAT CAMPP workshops here.

May 23, 2024* 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register
June 22, 2024 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Register

Pacific Time unless otherwise stated.

*Please note, as indicated above, OAT CAMPP is undergoing a significant update, if you are not mandated to take the course immediately, we recommend you wait until later in the Spring.

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, 2024.

Pricing for pharmacy technicians: $50 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.