We accredit pharmacy education programs in Australia to:

  • assure their quality against clear, agreed program standards
  • provide advice to the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PharmBA) about programs that lead to registration as a pharmacist

Time frame:

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


  • Initial accreditation assessment (first accredited program): AU$30,900 (excl GST) per program 
  • Initial accreditation assessment (additional accredited programs): AU$13,390 (excl GST) per program
  • Annual fee (first accredited program): AU$18,540 (excl GST) per program per year
  • Annual fee (additional accredited program): AU$13,390 (excl GST) per program per year
  • Material (major) change fee: $7210 (excl GST) per review

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About Australian program accreditation

We accredit pharmacy degree programs in Australia against a set of clear, agreed accreditation standards.

Accreditation definitions


An 'accredited' pharmacy degree program fully meets all 38 criteria in the accreditation standards.

Accredited with conditions

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.

Status of graduates

Graduates of accredited Australian  programs can register as an intern with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Please see their websites for details on the intern year.

Applying for accreditation

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

1. Notify us of your intent

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

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 send and ask you to fill out our Notification of Intent to apply for accreditation of a new pharmacy program form.

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

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.

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2. Apply for accreditation

To apply for accreditation, fill out our Accreditation Application form.

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 form, email it back to us on

We'll review your submission, 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.

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 Accreditation Assessment Team (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 your site visit if we cannot guarantee the safety of our assessors for any 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 anytime during the site visit.

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

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4. Check the Accreditation Assessment Team report

Before the end of the site visit, the Accreditation Assessment Team will meet with your Head of School to present their initial findings about the program, 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 (the 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 making an accreditation decision. 

The Committee will advise that we either:

  • accredit you for up to 6 years (or less, if they see fit)
  • accredit you with conditions for up to 6 years (or less, if they see fit), OR
  • do not accredit you

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.

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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 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 has 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.

Re-accreditation process

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

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 Committee makes their accreditation decision/recommendation.
  • We notify you of your accreditation outcome.

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.

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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 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

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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