New Communications - Updated May 12, 2023

PRIME site registration and user enrolment webinars

  • There will be two webinars, on May 16 and 18, 2023, to help people navigate the user enrolment and site registration processes. College registrants who have PharmaNet access and want to retain it must enrol in PRIME by August 15, 2023. Registrants who do not currently have access and require it must enrol in PRIME before they attempt to access PharmaNet. (May 11, 2023)

PRIME: April 30th deadline for Nurse enrollment

  • As a follow up to the January 5th roll-out memorandum, Island Health would like to remind all nurses who access PharmaNet that April 30th is the last day to enroll in PRIME.

PRIME Physician Communications

  • All members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) will be asked to enroll in PRIME between April 1st, 2023 to August 15th, 2023. PRIME enrollment will improve the privacy and security of both patient and practitioner information in PharmaNet.
    Posted on: March 15, 2023

PRIME enrolment webinars

  • Registrants of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC with existing PharmaNet access who want to retain it must enrol in PRIME by August 15, 2023. Registrants who do not currently have access and require it, must enrol in PRIME before accessing PharmaNet.
    Posted on: March 8, 2023

PRIME is an online application for healthcare professionals and sites that need PharmaNet to deliver patient care.

In PRIME, individuals and sites apply to the Ministry of Health for approval to access PharmaNet. The process involves secure identity authentication with the mobile BC Services Card.

To access PharmaNet, you need to enroll in PRIME first. PRIME is an easy-to-use one-time online application. PRIME is how all eligible healthcare practitioners request approval by the Ministry of Health to access PharmaNet. PRIME protects B.C. patients by making sure that only those authorized to can see their medication histories.



There are 4 easy steps to enroll in PRIME 

1.     Setup the mobile BC Services Card on a mobile phone/tablet

2.     Gather your College license number, expiry date and next renewal date

3.     Enroll in PRIME (time required 10 minutes)

  • Provide contact information
  • Enter your College license number​
  • Declare past interactions, confidentially
  • Read & sign PharmaNet Terms of Access

4.     Share your approval with the PharmaNet Administrator:

Out of Province Providers​:

There is an alternative paper request process for out-of-province residents who are delivering patient care in BC requiring access to PharmaNet. Each practitioner should contact PRIME Registration and Support via email​ and provide the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address (where they want correspondence about PharmaNet to go and check regularly)
  • The license type you hold from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC​ 

PRIME support will be in touch with you within 1-2 business days.

Video tutorial: How to enroll in PRIME​​:

Frequently asked questions and additional information can be found on the Ministry of Health PRIME website.​