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ISCO 08 Code 3213     Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants  

Lead Statement

Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants perform a variety of tasks associated with dispensing  medicinal products under the guidance of a pharmacist,  or other health professional.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • preparing medications and other pharmaceutical compounds under the guidance of pharmacists;
  • dispensing medicines and drugs to clients and giving written and oral instructions on their use, as prescribed by medical doctors, veterinarians or other authorized workers;
  • receiving prescriptions or refill requests from health professionals and verifying that information is complete and accurate;
  • maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs;
  • filling and labelling containers with prescribed medications;
  • assisting clients by answering questions, locating items or referring them to a pharmacist for medication information;
  • pricing and filing prescriptions that have been filled and establish and maintaining patient records, including lists of medications taken by individual patients;
  • ordering, labelling, and counting stock of medications, chemicals, and supplies, and entering inventory data into records-keeping systems;
  • cleaning and preparing equipment and containers used to prepare and dispense medicines and pharmaceutical compounds.

Included occupations

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Pharmaceutical technician
  • Pharmacy assistant

Excluded occupations

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:           

  • Pharmacist - 2265
  • Pharmacology technician - 3141     
  • Pharmacy aid - 5329



ISCO 88 Code(s) 3228

(NCvB; Mei 2010)