We accredit international pharmacy degree programs to:
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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.
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.
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.
We've provided an overview of the application process here. Your can also review the International Degree Program Accreditation Policy 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.
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:
You must also show that your university:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
See the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide for details about the structure of the visit.
Up to 12 months before accreditation expires
6 weeks before the site visit
0-6 weeks before the site visit
2-6 months before accreditation expires
Before accreditation expires
Your accreditation status after re-accreditation may be either:
In some situations, we may need to consider revoking accreditation. For details about these situations, 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.
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:
If we determine that your program change is material, you'll need to pay a Material Change fee.
Email us if you:
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