What we do

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) is the independent accrediting authority for pharmacy education and training.

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 play a key role in protecting the public safety by ensuring high standards of pharmacy education.

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.

In particular, we undertake the following activities:

  • Accredit and evaluate pharmacy degree programs, intern training programs in Australia, New Zealand and internationally
  • Accredit organisations who accredit continuing professional development (CPD) activities in Australia  
  • Conduct written examinations for pharmacists and interns wishing to register in Australia and New Zealand
  • Assess overseas trained retail and hospital pharmacists wishing to migrate and practise in Australia  

We work under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and hold the assignment for accreditation from the Pharmacy Board of Australia until July 2018.  We also provide accreditation services to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, who have the authority to accredit programs under their legislation.