We accredit pharmacy education programs in Australia to:
We also assess New Zealand pharmacy programs. Then we make accreditation recommendations to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (PCNZ), who accredits those programs.
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We accredit pharmacy degree programs in Australia and assess New Zealand programs against a set of clear, agreed accreditation standards.
An 'accredited' pharmacy degree program fully meets all 38 criteria in the accreditation standards.
A pharmacy degree program that is 'accredited with conditions' substantially meets these standards, and is expected to fully meet them in a reasonable time frame.
When a program is 'accredited with conditions', the provider 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 accredited Australian and New Zealand programs can register as an intern with either:
Please see their websites for details on the intern year.
We've provided an overview of the application process here. You can also review the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide.
Applying to accredit a proposed new 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 let us know you'd like to apply for accreditation, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand education providers are required to contact PCNZ directly.
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 being able to advertise your accredited program.
We cannot accredit your pharmacy degree program after you've launched it.
We'll ask to see your business plan and budget for the program, and will review it.
If we'd like you to proceed, we'll invite you to apply for accreditation and email you the documents you'll need to do so.
To apply for accreditation, fill out our Accreditation Application form template.
We'll send you this template when we invite you to apply. As you fill it out, refer to our:
When you've completed the template, email it back to us on email@example.com.
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.
We'll establish a team of 3 suitably qualified and experienced Site Evaluation Team (SET) members. This team will assess your written application, as well as undertake a site visit. We'll also provide an APC auditor to support the SET.
For details on the SET members skills and expertise, see the Pharmacy Program Accreditation Guide.
If we accept your application, we will arrange for the Site Evaluation Team (SET) to undertake a full site visit with you.
Please note that we may need to cancel or reschedule your site visit if we cannot guarantee the safety of our SET members for any 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 the structure of the visit.
Before the end of the site visit, the SET will meet with your Head of School to present their initial findings about the program, including:
Within 20 days, the SET will prepare a draft report of their findings, which your Head of School will be able to check for any factual errors.
The SET will then consider any comments from your Head of School when they finalise their SET report.
Our Accreditation Committee (the Committee) will review the SET report and any comments from your Head of School. The Committee may ask for details on any aspect of the report before making an accreditation decision.
The Committee will advise that we either:
The Committee may require you to address matters of concerns and set a time to assess these. They may also arrange a second site visit.
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 accreditation status.
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 to be used for all of your accredited programs. If you need a 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 6 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:
In some situations, we may need to consider revoking accreditation. For details of 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 Notification of Change to a Pharmacy 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.
If you are unsure if you should notify us about a change, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com if you: