Nurse practitioners (NPs) in B.C. have a broad scope of practice, which includes drug prescribing. In 2016, NPs in B.C. new authority to prescribe many controlled drugs and substances (CDS) under federal legislation. Please refer to the
Scope of Practice for NPs: Standards, Limits and Conditions.
Establishing and implementing rigorous Quality Assurance Program processes for monitoring, assessing, and acting on sub-optimal prescribing practices is integral to meeting BCCNP's public interest mandate. The Quality Assurance Program is overseen by the Quality Assurance Committee.
The QA Committee will monitor and review the prescribing of selected drugs or drug classes to identify concerns, trends or issues related to selected drugs and/or drug class prescribing practices, and provide information to
BCCNP is working closely with our partners, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC), College of Pharmacists of BC, the BC Centre on Substance Use, the Ministry of Health, as well as NPs and employers, to establish and implement prescription review policy and operational processes that reflect provincial research, experience and evaluation.
BCCNP's Prescription Review Program will review NP prescribing practices to:
If you have any questions, please contact us: