The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) is the trusted, independent authority that accredits pharmacy education programs and training in Australia. We do this to ensure that pharmacists have the skills and knowledge they need for safe, effective practice.
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All Australian states and territories have laws to establish the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). It ensures all health practitioners meet the requirements to practise.
Accrediting a pharmacy education program ensures that graduates are 'suitably trained and qualified'.
We accredit programs by reviewing them to confirm that they meet clear, evidence-based standards. This ensures that program graduates can practise pharmacy safely and effectively.
It's important that we equip pharmacists to address individual needs in an ever-changing environment. This includes:
These areas of practice are supported by our accreditation standards to produce socially accountable pharmacists.
The process to become - and remain - accredited varies depending on the program.
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We also accredit organisations that accredit continuing professional development (CPD) activities for registered pharmacists.
We publish lists of currently accredited programs and organisations:
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