For Health Professionals

Poison centre staff give health-care professionals evidence-based recommendations for their patients, including acute-care-management guidance, as well as other questions related to poisoning and ongoing medical care. The centres can also draw on advice from their on-call physicians who are knowledgeable about toxicology.

Who we help

We get calls from:

How we help

Our front-line staff of specialty-trained registered nurses and pharmacists provide advice on poisoning to other health-care professionals, regardless of where they work or their setting. Involving a poison centre and their experts in a poisoning case results in:

Professional contacts
View professional contacts by province

Pan-Canadian Poison Centres Annual Reports 

Annual reports present data from all five Canadian poison centres and highlight the critical role of these centres in poison prevention efforts. The reports are released by the Canadian Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (CAPCCT), Health Canada and Parachute, Canada’s national charity dedicated to injury prevention. 

Reporting of incidents and concerns

Health professionals are encouraged to report adverse reactions and concerns about products. By reporting, you help identify potential safety issues, identify previously unrecognized, rare or serious adverse reactions, prompt regulatory actions and improve health product safety for all Canadians.

Report adverse reactions

Report adverse reactions to health or cannabis products, even if you are not sure if a particular product was the cause.

Report a medication incident

Report medication errors, including near misses.

More information about adverse reaction reporting for specific products in Canada


Fee $100 /year

For the person who works in, or has an interest in poison centre activities and/or care of the poisoned patient

Fee $400 /year

For an organization in which four or more professionals work in, or have an interest, in poison centre activities and/or care of the poisoned patient

Membership inquiries should be directed to the Secretary-Treasurer.

Ms. Anna-Leah Desambrana
c/o Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) /
Centre Anti-poison de l’Ontario

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Email :

Connect with Toxicovigilance Canada

Toxicovigilance Canada is a trusted pan-Canadian network for intelligence, collaboration and situational assessment on drug, poison and chemical exposure events to inform timely action on poison prevention, treatment, harm reduction and management of risks associated with toxic exposures of public health concern.

The network’s more than 400 members include poison centres, provincial toxicology laboratories, public health and regulatory agencies, health and safety/security authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other key stakeholders. The Toxicovigilance Canada Collaboration Centre is hosted on the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence (CNPHI), an online platform enabling collaboration and consultation through innovation in disease surveillance, research, and response to protect, promote, and support public health.

Contact to join.

Becoming a Certified Specialist in
Poison Information (CSPI)

Both Registered Nurses and Registered Pharmacists are eligible to become CSPIs. There are no specific courses to become a CSPI: Below describes the typical process to obtain the CSPI designation.

More professional resources

Additional supports and resources

Select international associations or societies

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Annual reports from calls to US poison centres as well as prevention, poison trending information

American Association of Clinical Toxicology

Many documents and links free to non-members including Clinical Toxicology Recommendations Collaborative Documents and Out of Hospital Treatment Guidelines

American College of Medical Toxicology

Many documents including position statements, links to MSDS, Reproductive Risk and other Toxicology databases, educational resources and podcasts free to non-members.

European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists

Education and Links Tabs provide online educational offerings and other international resources.