Pharmacists prepare prescription orders and provide healthcare consultations to patients.
The title of pharmacist is bestowed upon members accepted into the professional Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec [Order of Pharmacists of Quebec] (OPQ) who, through their accreditation process, maintain the professional standards of the discipline and are mandated by the provincial regulatory authority the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions].
The OPQ was founded over a hundred years ago in 1870 under the name of the Association pharmaceutique de la province de Québec [Pharmaceutical Association of the Province of Quebec]. The organization has a history of contributing to the pharmaceutical field and community not only by ensuring only competent professionals practise the discipline, but also by keeping the public informed through twelve different publications, presenting current trends in the field, such as L’Express, L’interaction, Standards de pratique, and many more. They even offer a thoughtful section designed to explain in great detail why pharmacists will ask clients certain questions during their purchase of medication. They also have two databases: one database for employers to post job offers and another database listing medications.
To become a practicing pharmacist, according to the order, a four-year-long professional doctorate (Pharm. D.) is required to be admitted into the order unless an applicant has an equivalently recognized university degree like a BPharm degree that is commonly found in other Canadian provinces
Due to this being a profession mandated by the Office of Quebec Professions, members have an exclusive right to practice pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, due to difficulty of being admitted into pharmaceutical programs, becoming a member of the order ensures the beginning of a rich and fulfilling career as a pharmacist.