The Alberta College of Paramedics (College) is pleased to announce the release of the new Standard of Practice on Dispensing Bridging Medication. This is the first of the new Standards of Practice, with more set to be released in the coming months. The College has been working with stakeholders across the province on this pivotal Standard and thank everyone for their input and assistance through the months of conversation and consultation.

This new Standard has been added to the existing Standards of Practice until such time as the rest of the feedback from government has been received and reviewed. At that time, the format of the College’s Standards of Practice will change, and this Standard will move into the section on restricted activities.

Click here for the current Standards of Practice including the newly approved and in-force Standard of Practice 9.0 Dispensing Bridging Medication. (The College’s previous Standard of Practice 2.4 that addressed dispensing medication has now been repealed.)

About Dispensing Bridging Medication…

All members who are able to perform this restricted activity have already had the endorsement applied to their practice permit. (An endorsement recognizes skills or training over and above what paramedics receive as their entry to practice education.)

Members with the endorsement will now see: Dispensing for the Purposes of Bridging Medication on their practice permit.

Our understanding is that AHS EHS and AHS EMS are still working on protocols, before the Deputy Minister’s stop orders will be lifted; but the College is pleased to have been able to deliver this piece of the puzzle to ensuring regulated members are able to provide excellent care to Albertans.

If you have any questions about this new Standard of Practice, please contact