Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) APC Response

We understand these are uncertain times for many. We are committed to supporting and guiding our candidates and stakeholders through this unprecedented time.

We are being guided by information provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). We are urgently working with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to figure out how our accreditation and examination processes can adapt within this environment. We will continue to update our candidates, accredited providers and the public on new information as soon as it becomes available.

We want to thank all pharmacists and health practitioners around the globe who are working tirelessly on the frontline to provide care to their communities.

Our staff are now working remotely. Please bear with us on the phones. It is best to email us with your enquiries.

Please stay safe.


30 April 2020 - Intern Written Exams to be re-scheduled
We will be re-scheduling the upcoming Intern Written Exams set for June and July due to COVID-19 impacting on our exam provider, Pearson VUE.

Pearson VUE, has unfortunately closed all of its professional centres across Australia due to the unprecedented pandemic that has imposed physical distancing requirements for the health and safety of the community.

We wish to assure students and candidates, that we are already moving very quickly to schedule the intern written exam for October so that is also aligns with the Board oral exam.

We will also make arrangements for the exam to be delivered online so that we can ensure everyone is appropriately physically distant and safe, because your health and professional development is our priority.

Please read our full statement for further details. And please head to our FAQs page for any questions you may have.

We're here to help and we have your back. Please hear a message from our CEO, Bronwyn Clark, below.


24 April 2020 - Council of Pharmacy Schools Guiding Principles for pharmacy student clinical education during a Global Health Emergency
The COVID-19 global pandemic has necessitated rapid changes in both the health education and practice arenas. This has amplified the need to collaborate across the profession of pharmacy and along with other health professions to ensure that pharmacy graduates demonstrate the skills required to provide safe, high quality, and socially accountable access to, and use of, medicines and other health technologies.

The Council of Pharmacy Schools: Australia and New Zealand, has published some principles regarding pharmacy student clinical education to support the COVID-19 pandemic workforce as part of and in parallel to pharmacy student academic studies. Read CPS Guiding Principles to find out more.

20 April 2020 - COVID-19 update for intern examinations
We are continuing to work with the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PharmBA) to determine the impact of COVID-19 on the Intern Written Examination, which we conduct on behalf of PharmBA. Please read their COVID-19 update for interns.

20 April 2020 - National Principles for clinical education during COVID-19 agreed
The Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative (HPAC) Forum, AHPRA, National Boards and the Australian Government have set national principles to guide professions, Accreditation Authorities, education providers and health services when making decisions about student clinical education.

APC has been an active part developing these principles through our CEO Bronwyn Clark, who chairs the HPAC Forum. We thank all parties for their collaboration to reach these principles and provide some guidance during these uncertain times.

Read the National principles for clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

8 April 2020 - Modification to Standards for the Accreditation of Programs to support Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines during COVID-19 pandemic
As we approach peak flu season, pharmacist-delivered vaccinations will be vital for maintaining the health of the Australian community. Across jurisdictions and around the world there is growing understanding for an allowance to be made for justified variations in practice. Read more.

7 April 2020 - KAPS June examination cancelled
After careful consideration we can confirm that the upcoming KAPS June 2020 exam session has been cancelled. We will continue to keep all candidates informed about the delivery of our examinations. Our first priority is the safety of candidates, examiners and staff. See our Exam Dates and Places.

27 March 2020 - HPAC Consensus
The Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum has developed a consensus statement. It details the collective position of accreditation authorities with respect to accredited programs and the impact of COVID-19. This includes ongoing ability to meet the accreditation standards. Read more.

26 March 2020 - APC Novel coronavirus update (COVID-19) to accredited pharmacy program providers
The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) understands that the current outbreak of COVID-19 is impacting on accredited program providers. We are closely monitoring the situation and our response will continue to be guided by publicly available information from the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read more.

20 March 2020 - Advice on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Candidates Sitting APC Examinations
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Candidates sitting APC examinations MUST comply with government requirements in the country wherever they sit for an APC examination. Read more.

16 March 2020 Decision to Postpone APC/ANMAC Colloquium 2020
After careful consideration, we have made the decision to POSTPONE the Colloquium until early 2021 due to the escalation of COVID-19 nationally and internationally. Read more.

07 February 2020 - Advice on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Candidates Sitting APC Examinations
The outbreak of COVID-19 has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International concern. Candidates sitting APC examinations MUST comply with government requirements in the country wherever they sit for an APC examination. Read more.

Our Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
The outbreak of COVID-19 has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International concern. Candidates sitting APC examinations MUST comply with government requirements in the country wherever they sit for an APC examination. Read more.

For further information, please refer to the Department of Health's website or WHO's website and follow their advice.