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charan
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iam a student from india about to complete my b.pharm in april2009.can i appear for the evaluation examination with a student visa.can i complete the process of evaluating my documents before i get in to canada.plzzzzzzz help me out.i wud be thankful if any one suggest me some universities so that i can apply for a student visa

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Document Evaluation Process

Hi Charan,

In order to take the Evaluating Exams you must first submit your documents for evaluation by the PEBC. You can do this whether you live in Canada or abroad. Once your documents are approved you can then apply for the Evaluating Exam. Applicants often include their Evaluating Exam with their Document Evaluation paperwork in order to speed the process up. You can find further information and application forms on the PEBC website.

You do not need to apply to any university to take the Evaluating Exam and you do not necessarily need a student visa to take the exam. I believe any visa that grants you access in to Canada for sufficient time to do the exams will do (for example I completed my Qualifying exams while visiting on a tourist/temporary resident visa.) However, if for whatever reason you can obtain a student visa then that would work fine too.

When you asked for a suggestions regarding Universities, do you mean pharmacy bridging courses? If so take a look at the PEBC course preparation forum topic and also the Links: Canadian Pharmacy Bridging Courses section.

Good Luck, Mat

ranash
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evaluating exam

Is it necessary to know the Canadian Pharmacy Laws for the evaluation exam; if so which books would you recommend?

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Evaluating Exam: Pharmacy Law

If you check out the PEBC Evaluating Exam Syllabus you will see under the topic of Professional Practice Skills the PEBC do list Federal Pharmacy Law as an expected area of knowledge for pharmacy graduates. This does not necessarily mean there will be lots of questions on the exam asking specific about Canadian Pharmacy Law. The fact is that your knowledge of Canadian Pharmacy Law will be tested by your provincial jurisprudence exam and the law in every province is slightly different (though it is all set on the foundation Federal Pharmacy Law).

So in answer to your question, yes you do need to have some knowledge of Canadian Pharmacy Law (do not worry about specific provincial laws and regulations until you have finished your PEBC exams). Bear in mind, questions on Canadian Pharmacy Law will not constitute many marks on the paper so they should not take up too much of your study time. You will need to know the Pharmacy Law intimately by the time you take your jurisprudence exam to become fully licensed, so anything you learn now will not go to waste.

As for study resources, this is a tough one. I found it very hard to track down information on Canadian Pharmacy Law to begin with. So far I have not found any published text book that specifically covers Canadian Pharmacy law. However, if you go to the Law Section of the Links Page on this site, you will find a list of resources on the internet that provide you with everything you need to know.

The main problem with the resources I have listed for Canadian Pharmacy Law are that they are mostly based on original legal documents and therefore complex and hard to interpret. When studying with these documents I would look for information relating to drug scheduling law, narcotics, targeted drugs and prescription requirements (under federal legislation only). These areas would cover the fundamentals of your day to day legal knowledge requirements and I would imagine that would give you a good foundation with which to tackle any legal question on an Evaluating Exam paper.

If you have any specific questions relating to Canadian Pharmacy Law then you could maybe open up a new topic in the forums and we can all discuss legal matters ;)

Good Luck, Mat

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Practical Pharmacy law from Quebec

I just read your reply to the last post. That really helps since I haven't put much time into it yet... Although, I have been working as a pharmacy technician (in Quebec) for the past 6 months. I don't know how much Quebec's laws differ from the rest of Canada, but do you know if it would have helped much? Because we also use a lot of different terminology, like MVL (Medicaments de Vente Libre) aka, Annexe 2 which are "Behind the counter" drugs, for example.

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Evaluating Exam: Pharmacy Law

The Evaluating Exam can not test you on provincial pharmacy law as it varies so much from province to province. Candidates may end up practising in any one of the provinces and the PEBC do not know which. The only law tested by the PEBC exams is federal pharmacy law, which is the foundation of all pharmacy law in Canada. As such, being aware of the drug scheduling system in Quebec will give you a pretty good idea of drug scheduling throughout Canada.

It is worth noting that provincial regulations, guidelines and acts can alter things slightly, but this is only significant once you get to your provincial jurisprudence exam. If I asked you if I could buy Naproxen without a prescription, the answer you give me should be the same whatever province you are in as this is governed by federal pharmacy law and the Napra drug scheduling system.

Though you call them MVL (Medicaments de Vente Libre), you also refer to this class of drugs as Annexe 2, this corresponds to the Napra scheduling system and is the same as Schedule 2 drugs (aka Behind the counter drugs). Bearing in this in mind, then what you have learned through your practice experience will help you greatly with the small selection of legal questions in the Evaluating Exam.

Hope that answers your question,
Mat