CAPT is the national association for providing an influential voice, leadership, and support to pharmacy technicians and pharmacy support staff. Facilitating, practicing excellence, and contributing to positive health outcomes.
CAPT will advocate and promote the role of the pharmacy technician and pharmacy support staff and the advancement of the profession CAPT will support and empower pharmacy technicians and pharmacy support staff in the pursuit of practice excellence through:
- Education and professional development opportunities
- Partnerships and collaboration with pharmacy stakeholders
- Transparency – operating openly and with clarity
- Visionary – taking a proactive approach to the evolving pharmacy landscape
- Passion – commitment and energy to practice excellence
- Professionalism – interacting with mutual respect and honesty
- Integrity – acting in a truthful and trustworthy manner
- Collaboration – seeking ways to work better together
CAPT was initially formed by a group of 4 pharmacy assistant students attending Humber College with the help of their teacher.
In 1983, they applied to Corporations Canada and became a non-profit organization
Originally the organization included Chapters in some provinces.
In 2004, new by-laws were passed by the membership for the first time since the inception of CAPT.
The Chapters were dissolved in the mid 2000’s when the focus of CAPT changed to more National pharmacy assistant/technician issues.
CAPT started having a National annual conference in 2003. The National Annual Conference rotates from western, eastern and central Canada.
There are 7 board of directors, and all are volunteers. All membership fees are used to promote the profession.
The members of the board represent pharmacy assistants and technicians in many pharmacy related organizations such as PEBC, CCCEP, Blueprint for Pharmacy, CCAPP, NAPRA and many provincial working groups.
All aspects of CAPT are managed by the 7 volunteers including the overseeing the website and social media sites, publications, and day to day management of the group.
The most important milestone in which CAPT was involved was the regulation of pharmacy technicians. The first regulated technicians were in Ontario in 2010.
New by-laws were passed in 2014 to align with the governments changes to the new Canada Corporations Not for Profit Act.
In 2015, CAPT hosted a meeting of a pharmacy technician or assistant representative from all ten provinces. It was the first meeting of this kind.