Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


It’s renewal time: Palliative Care Facilitated Access (PCFA) program

Calling all NPs! The Palliative Care Facilitated Access (PCFA) program allows eligible NPs to independently prescribe high-strength, long-acting opioids for those receiving palliative care services. 

To make applying easier, RNAO will process applications to the program on behalf of members and non-members.

Renewal application reminder
Renewal applications are due by February 2022. Please submit your application to RNAO by Jan. 24, 2022 to allow time for processing. You can view the eligibility criteria for renewal and submit your renewal at

Initial application 
NPs applying for the first time can view the initial eligibility requirements and register as PCFA prescribers at any time during the year by visiting Please note: you will also be required to apply by the February 2022 deadline.

For more information about the NP PCFA prescriber list, please complete this form. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact policy analyst Brenda Stade at

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