Summary

We accredit international pharmacy degree 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

Cost:

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About international degree program 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

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

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.

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 overseas trained pharmacists.

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Applying for accreditation

We've provided an overview of the application process here. Your can also review the International Degree Program Accreditation Policy (8 pages PDF) and Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide.

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.

1. Consult with our accreditation team

When you are planning a new pharmacy program, you should refer to our:

To let us know you'd like to apply for accreditation, please email us.

We recommend telling us you intend to launch a new program early in the planning phase. This will help you to avoid any delays in delivering your proposed new program. Please note, our Accreditation Committee (the Committee) cannot grant program accreditation retrospectively.

We'll ask you to fill out our 'Pre-Application Expression of Interest (EOI)' form. To help us decide if your program can apply for international accreditation, you'll need to show that your program:

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

You must also show that your university:

  • ranks in either Section 1 or Section 2 of the Australian Education International (AEI-NOOSR) Country Education Profile (email us if you're unsure of your section)
  • is in a country with an Australian Government Smartraveller travel advice of either a normal or high degree of caution.

We'll review your submission, and treat any information you provide as confidential. If your EOI is successful, we'll then send you the appropriate documents and submission details for you to submit your accreditation application.

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2. Apply for accreditation

To apply for accreditation, submit your 'Accreditation Application' form that we send to you.

Before we provide it to our external assessors, we'll review your submission. If your application is not complete, we may return it to you to and ask you to amend and re-submit it.

We treat all information you provide to us as confidential.

External assessors

We'll engage 2 suitably qualified and experienced assessors. They will independently assess your written application and prepare a report of their findings.

During this stage, we may ask you to submit additional information requested by the assessors to assist them in preparing their individual reports.

We will then combine their findings into a single report for our Accreditation Committee.

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

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3. Wait to hear from us

Our Accreditation Committee (the Committee) will review the external assessment report. 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 either:

  • accredits your program with conditions for up to 5 years (or less, if they see fit)
  • requires you to address any matters of concern, set a time frame for addressing these, and arrange a second site visit
  • not accredit your program

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

If your program is granted accreditation

There a number of regular quality assurance and monitoring activities undertaken to maintain the ongoing accreditation of your program(s). These are outlined in our Accreditation Quality Assurance and Monitoring Policy and include the following activities.

Program monitoring and reporting

Annual reporting

We recognise that many factors can affect whether a program continues to meet the accreditation standards. As part of maintaining accreditation of your program(s), you'll need to submit an annual report. This report will contain:

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

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

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

Other reporting

Some programs may be required to report against conditions and monitoring requirements that the Committee has applied. We will communicate requirements and due dates for your program reporting directly to you.

Site visit

In the early years of the delivery of your new program, we will conduct a site visit. We will contact you directly to make the necessary arrangements.

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.

See the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide for details about the structure of the visit.

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Re-accreditation process

Time frame

Action

Up to 12 months before accreditation expires

  • We notify you of your upcoming reaccreditation requirements.
  • We negotiate mutually suitable dates for the submission of your accreditation application and the site visit.
  • We appoint an Accreditation Assessment Team to undertake the accreditation review.

6 weeks before the site visit

  • You submit your re-accreditation application and additional documentation.

0-6 weeks before the site visit

  • The assessment team and APC representative will review your application and additional documentation.

2-6 months before accreditation expires

  • The assessment team undertakes the site visit.

Before accreditation expires

  • The assessment team finalises their report.
  • The APC Board makes 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

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.

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

If you are unsure if you should notify us about a change, please email us.

Based on this information, the 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 determine that your program change is material, you'll need to pay a Material Change fee.

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Contact information

Email us 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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