CARNA grants authorization for NPs and GNPs to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS), including those monitored under the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP). Authorization is granted only after an NP or GNP completes the requirements outlined below. Until that point, a condition is placed on the practice permit restricting the individual from prescribing CDS.
New applicants will need to meet these requirements according to policies adopted by the CARNA registration committee.
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The federal legislation New Classes of Practitioners Regulations was passed in November 2012. This legislation provided NPs with the additional prescriptive authority of Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS).
CARNA began authorizing NPs and GNPs to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS) in February 2014.
For more information, download the prescribing standards for NPs.
When an NP successfully completes these requirements, they will be able to prescribe CDS, including those monitored under the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP).
All new graduates from an approved entry level NP program in Alberta meet all the requirement to prescribe CDS. You cannot prescribe CDS until you receive notification from CARNA. It is recommended to get yourself familiar with the resources below. After reviewing if you have further questions about CDS or any other practice questions please get in touch with a practice consultant.
New NP applicants outside Alberta will need to meet the following requirements according to policies approved by the CARNA registration committee.