About APC

The Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd (APC) is the independent accrediting authority for pharmacy education and training.  We play a key role in protecting the public safety by ensuring high standards of pharmacy education.

The APC has been operating in various forms for over 30 years, with the Australian Pharmacy Examining Council (APEC) formed in 1982 to assess and examine international pharmacists, and the New Zealand and Australian Pharmacy Schools Accreditation Committee (NAPSAC) formed in 1997 to accredit pharmacy programs. The current APC (following two names changes) was established in 2006 as an incorporated society, merging both the APEC and NAPSAC, and in 2009 became a company limited by guarantee.

We operate as a part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, and work with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. We accredit education programs and assess the competence of pharmacists. This is to ensure pharmacists have the skills and knowledge to deliver effective health care that meets the changing needs of the community.  

Our vision is to be a leading accreditation and educational assurance agency. Our mission is for APC to be an independent body engaged, in the public interest, in the development and assurance of education, training and assessment standards.

The values of APC are:

  • Independence and high ethical standards
  • honesty and transparency
  • accountability to clients and stakeholders
  • evidence-based decision making and benchmarking
  • high quality business processes and outcomes
  • continuous improvement
  • collaborative models of leadership


Our Strategic Plan for 2013 -2106 is available here.