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Controlled Prescription Program (CPP)

BC Controlled Prescription Program

The Controlled Prescription Program (CPP) is maintained by the College of Pharmacists of BC. The program monitors controlled drugs and substances prescribing to prevent forgeries and reduce inappropriate prescribing.

The drugs listed in the Controlled Drug Program Information and Drug List require the use of a duplicate prescription. CRNBC oversees the provision of duplicate controlled prescription pads to Nurse Practitioners who are practising in B.C.​

Your responsibilities
  • You must have appropriate PharmaNet access, and employer support to prescribe controlled drugs and substances.
  • Ensure you follow CRNBC prescribing standards and all employer policies, standards and guidelines.
  • You must keep duplicate controlled prescription pads and all other prescription pads in a secure, locked area that is not accessible to the public nor to health care staff.
  • Do not share your pad or use anyone else's pad: every pad is linked to the prescriber it was issued to by folio number.
  • Be sure to keep the duplicate copy of the prescription form in the client health record, NOT within the controlled prescription pad.
  • You must return these pads to CRNBC (either in person or by XpressPost) if any of the following occur:
    • You move your practice out of B.C.
    • You change your status to non-practising or inactive
    • You plan to take a leave of longer than 12 months
    • You are instructed to do so by CRNBC staff
  • CPP duplicate forms cannot be faxed.
  • Prescriptions for long term care and extended care licenced facility patients do not require the use of CPP forms and may be faxed to the authorized community pharmacy.

To learn more about controlled drug and substances (CDS) prescribing, review the requirements page.

How to order controlled prescription pads

Note that for the time being, NPs will only be able to order one pad (50 prescriptions) at a time. If this does not meet your practice needs, please contact us. Prescriber details will not be pre-printed on the pad: NPs will need to enter them manually and ensure the prescription is complete, as per Standard 7 of the NP Prescribing standard (page 27).

To order your pad, you’ll need to log into your CRNBC account. You will need to know the address you would like the pads couriered to.

Please ensure that either you or someone you designate will be available at this address to sign for the pads. If there is no one available to sign for the delivery, it will be returned to CRNBC.

If you do not receive your pads within three weeks of ordering, contact CRNBC by email at or by telephone at 604-736-7331 ext. 331 or toll-free 1-800-565-6505 ext 331.

What to do if your CPP pad is lost or stolen

If you discover that your CPP pad is missing—whether it is lost or stolen—in addition to following employer policy, you must take these steps:  

  • Determine what folios (numbered forms) were in the missing pad, and,
  • Whether there are legitimate prescriptions still outstanding that will need to be replaced. 

You must report the misuse, theft (or possible theft in the case of lost pads) to:

Please note: if any patient information is contained in the missing pad, the BC Privacy Commissioner must be notified. This can be done by completing the Privacy Breach Form on the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) website . 

​Q​uestions or concerns?

Feel free to contact us.
  • ​Email   
  • Call 604 736-7331 x331
  • Toll-free 1 800 565-6505 x331
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