We accredit international pharmacy programs to:

  • assure their quality against Australian program standards
  • offer an independent quality review for improvement

Time frame:

  • Initial accreditation: may take up to 30 months for newly established programs
  • Re-accreditation: process starts 12 months before accreditation expires


  • Initial accreditation assessment: AU$15,450 excl. GST per program + variable site visit charge
  • Annual fee: AU$24,720 excl. GST per program per year
  • Material (major) change fee: $7210 excl. GST per review

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About international accreditation

We accredit international programs against the accreditation standards we use for pharmacy programs in Australia.

See the current list of international accredited pharmacy degree programs

Accreditation with conditions

An international pharmacy degree program that is 'accredited with conditions' either:

When 'accredited with conditions', the program must report to us as required. Education providers can still deliver these programs, and students can graduate from them with the listed qualification.

We can only ever accredit international programs with conditions. This is because they cannot meet 2 of the criteria from the Australian standards.

Status of graduates

Graduates of the international programs we've accredited are not automatically eligible to register as interns with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Once registered in their country of training, these graduates will need to apply for a Skills Assessment as internationally trained pharmacists.

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Applying for accreditation

We've provided an overview of the application process here. For details, see the International Degree Program Accreditation Policy (available soon).

Applying to accredit a newly established pharmacy program can take up to 30 months. If you have any questions about the process or timelines, email us on

1. Submit an expression of interest

To help us assess whether to consider your application, submit a Pre-Application Expression of Interest (EOI). You'll need to show that your program:

  • is taught entirely in English, with an English curriculum
  • leads to a qualification that compares to an Australian accredited 4-year Bachelor of Pharmacy program.

You must also show that your university:

We'll evaluate your EOI, and invite you to apply for accreditation if we'd like you to proceed.

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2. Apply for accreditation

If we invite you to go ahead with your application, you'll need to:

  • provide evidence of how your program meets each criterion in the accreditation standards template that we'll email to you
  • pay the non-refundable application fee.

We'll review your application, and treat any information you provide as confidential.

If your application is not complete, we may return it to you and ask you to re-submit it.

Accreditation Assessment Team

We'll establish a team of 3 suitably qualified and experienced assessors. This team will assess your written application, as well as undertake a site visit. We'll also provide an APC representative to support the team.

For details on the assessors skills and expertise, see the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide.

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3. Arrange a site visit

If we accept your application, we will arrange for the Accreditation Assessment Team to undertake a full site visit with you.

Please note that we may need to cancel or reschedule a site visit if, while we're considering your application:

  • Smartraveller's travel advice for your country changes to a higher alert level
  • we can no longer guarantee the safety of our evaluators for any reason.

If we need to cancel or deny your site visit, we'll email you to explain our reason.

Site visit schedule

We'll consult with senior staff at your university to arrange a site visit schedule. The visit will usually take around 3 to 4 days.

You're responsible for ensuring that all relevant staff and students:

  • know about the site visit
  • are available to speak with the assessors on the day.

See the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide for details about:

  • the structure of the visit
  • travel and accommodation fees.

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4. Check the Accreditation Assessment Team report

Before the end of the site visit, the team will meet with your Head of School to present their initial findings, including:

  • their observations about your program
  • any aspects of accreditation standards that they believe your university does not meet.

Within 20 days, the team will prepare a draft report of their findings, which your Head of School will be able to check for any factual errors.

The team will then consider any comments from your Head of School when they finalise their report.

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5. Wait to hear from us

Our Accreditation Committee will review the Accreditation Assessment Team report and any comments from your Head of School. The committee may ask for details on any aspect of the report before it decides what to recommend to the APC Board.

The committee may then recommend that the APC Board:

  • accredits your program with conditions for up to 5 years (or less, if they see fit), OR
  • requires you to address any matters of concern, set a time frame for addressing these, and arrange a second site visit.

The APC Board will consider the committee's recommendation before deciding on your program's accreditation status. We'll then let you know the results of their decision. If you're accredited, we'll also:

  • update our website to show your university's current accreditation status
  • send you an 'APC Accredited International Program logo' to use on your website.

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Remaining accredited


We recognise that many factors can affect whether a program continues to meet the accreditation standards. To help us assess whether your program can remain accredited, you'll need to submit an annual report. This report must contain:

  • student numbers
  • staff demographics
  • any quality assurance activities you've completed.

We will email you the report template. This can be used for all of your accredited programs. If you need the template re-sent to you, please email us.

The Accreditation Committee will review your report. In some cases, it may need to impose further reporting requirements on your accreditation, based on the report.

In addition to annual reporting, some programs will be required to report against conditions and monitoring requirements that the committee applied. The committee will communicate requirements and due dates for your program reporting directly to you.

You'll also need to pay the annual fee.


We accredit programs against the accreditation standards for up to 5 years. Before the end of this time, we'll contact you to ask you to apply for re-accreditation.

Timing and responsibilities for re-accreditation

Time frame


Up to 12 months before accreditation expires

  • We notify you that you need to begin the re-accreditation process.
  • We negotiate mutually suitable dates for the submission of your accreditation application and the site visit.
  • We appoint a Accreditation Assessment Team to undertake the accreditation review.

6 weeks before the site visit

  • You apply for re-accreditation.

0-6 weeks before the site visit

  • The team and the APC representative review your application and evidence.

2-6 months before accreditation expires

  • The team undertakes the site visit.

Before accreditation expires

  • The team finalises their report.
  • The Board their accreditation decision.
  • We notify you of your accreditation outcome.

Your accreditation status after re-accreditation may be either:

  • accredited with conditions, OR
  • accreditation withdrawn

In some situations, we may need to consider revoking accreditation. For details about these situations, see the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide.

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Proposing changes to your accredited program

Material (major) changes in a program may affect its ability to meet the accreditation standards. For examples of types of material changes, see the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide.

You must tell us as soon as you decide to change anything about your accredited program. Use the Notification of Change to a Pharmacy Program form.

Based on this information, the Accreditation Committee will assess:

  • the likely impact of the change
  • whether the change requires re-assessing your program's accreditation status
  • whether any re-assessment will require a site visit
  • the documentation needed to support re-assessment.

If we class your program change as material, you'll need to pay a Material Change fee.

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Contact information

Email us on if you:

  • have questions about any of the topics above
  • would like to ask about anything else related to accreditation
  • would like to make a complaint about an accredited program.

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