The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PharmBA) requires interns to complete an accredited intern training program (ITP). This also applies to some pharmacists who qualified outside of Australia.

PharmBA has authorised us to accredit ITPs in Australia.

We're currently revising our accreditation process. We cannot accept new accreditation applications until this process is complete.

Time frame:

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

Cost:

  • Initial accreditation assessment: AU$15,000 (excl. GST) per program
  • Annual fee: AU$58 (excl. GST) per intern per year
  • Material (major) change fee: $7210 (excl GST) per review

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About ITP accreditation

We accredit ITPs in Australia against the standards for pharmacy programs in Australia and New Zealand.

These standards ensure that ITPs help graduates to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to begin practice as registered pharmacists.

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Applying for accreditation

We're currently revising our process for accrediting ITPs.

We cannot accept new accreditation applications until this process is complete.

Once we've finished the revision process, we'll update this page to outline the process of applying for accreditation.

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1. Notify us of your intent

To let us know you'd like to apply for accreditation, email us on accreditation@pharmacycouncil.org.au

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 intern training 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 accreditation@pharmacycouncil.org.au.

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.

Site Evaluation Team (SET)

We'll establish a team of 2 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.

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3. Arrange a site visit

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.

Site visit schedule

We'll consult with senior staff at your organisation/university to arrange a site visit schedule. The visit will usually take around 2 days.

You're responsible for ensuring that all relevant staff and students:

  • know about the site visit
  • are available to speak with the SET members 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 SET report

Before the end of the site visit, the SET will meet with your Program Lead/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 program does not meet

Within 20 days, the SET will prepare a draft report of their findings, which your Program Lead/Head of School will be able to check for any factual errors.

The SET will then consider any comments from your Program Lead/Head of School when they finalise their SET report.

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5. Wait to hear from us

Our Accreditation Committee (the Committee) will review the SET report and any comments from your Program Lead/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 3 years (or less, if they see fit)
  • accredit you with conditions for up to 3 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 organisation/university's accreditation status.

Remaining accredited

Reporting

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:

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

We will email you the report template. This can 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

We accredit programs against the accreditation standards for up to 3 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

Action

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 SET to undertake the accreditation review.

6 weeks before the site visit

  • You apply for re-accreditation.

0-6 weeks before the site visit

  • SET members and the APC Auditor/Facilitator review your application and evidence.

2-6 months before accreditation expires

  • SET members undertake the site visit.

Before accreditation expires

  • SET members finalise their report.
  • The Committee makes their accreditation decision/recommendation.
  • We notify you of your accreditation outcome.

Your accreditation status after re-accreditation may be either:

  • accredited
  • 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

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

You must tell us as soon as you decide to change anything about your accredited program. Use:

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, or whether it can take place by desktop review
  • 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 accreditation@pharmacycouncil.org.au if you have questions or want to make a complaint about an accredited ITP.

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