We accredit international pharmacy 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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
If we invite you to go ahead with your application, you'll need to:
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.
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.
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:
If we need to cancel or deny your site visit, we'll email you to explain our reason.
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:
See the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide for details about:
Before the end of the site visit, the team will meet with your Head of School to present their initial findings, including:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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
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.
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:
If we class your program change as material, you'll need to pay a Material Change fee.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you: