Expanding NP prescribing to include controlled substances
The College is actively working with the Ontario government to draft regulations under the Nursing Act, 1991 that will enable Ontario NPs to prescribe controlled substances.
In December, Council will review the draft regulations and decide if they can be circulated to nurses and stakeholders for feedback.
Since the prescribing of controlled substances is a high risk activity, implementing the regulations will require mechanisms to ensure public safety. This may include education requirements and practice expectations specific to prescribing controlled substances.