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. Additionally, the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (PCNZ) has asked us to assess and make accreditation recommendations on ITPs in New Zealand.

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:

  • Accreditation assessment: AU$15,000 (excl. GST) per program
  • Annual fee: AU$58 (excl. GST) per intern per year

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About ITP accreditation

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

We also make accreditation recommendations to PCNZ for ITPs in New Zealand. We do this against the New Zealand ITP standards.

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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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 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 SET 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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