The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is pleased to announce the publication of the Principles of Professionalism for the Profession of Pharmacy. Marking a first step in NAPRA’s longer term project to enhance the culture of professionalism in pharmacy, the goal of this document is to define the Principles of Professionalism that the profession of pharmacy agrees to strive toward and to open the dialogue around professionalism with stakeholders across the profession. Next steps will include working with stakeholders to identify ways to uphold these principles in each of our respective day-to-day activities.
The eight Principles of Professionalism apply to the entire profession, no matter what role each individual plays or where they work. Framing professionalism by defining what pharmacy collectively (and not only individual pharmacists or pharmacy technicians) can do to enhance the culture of professionalism provides opportunities to integrate all arms of the profession and to strengthen the quality of care the profession of pharmacy provides to Canadians.
A comprehensive white paper on the topic of the culture of professionalism in pharmacy, written to support the development of the Principles of Professionalism, is also available for background reading.
The Principles of Professionalism for the Profession of Pharmacy and the white paper are presently available in English only. The French versions will be published shortly.