Processes

Our processes provide assurance that pharmacy education standards are evaluated rigorously.

Our accreditation decisions are made by an expert Accreditation Committee.  The Committee by-law can be found here.

The membership of the Accreditation Committee is:

  • 1 pharmacy academic with extensive experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand who will act as Chair of the committee
  • 1 pharmacy academic with experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand, particularly in the area of curriculum design and assessment methods
  • 1 pharmacy academic with experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand, particularly in the area of pharmacy competency standards and workplace training
  • 1 practising pharmacist with experience in hospital pharmacy and the supervision of student and intern pharmacists
  • 1 practising pharmacist with experience in community pharmacy or primary care settings, and experience in the supervision of student and intern pharmacists
  • 1 interprofessional assessment or accreditation expert
  • 1 community member

Applying for Accreditation of a Degree Program

If you would like to apply for accreditation for a new degree program, please contact the Accreditation Team accreditation@pharmacycouncil.org.au.

We recommend that you discuss your intent to launch a new program early in the planning phase to avoid any delays with accreditation prior to advertising the program. 

An indicative timeline for a new program is detailed below:

Timeframe

Action

Who

30 months prior to student commencement

Submits notification of intent & pre-application and budget

University

24 months prior to student commencement

Reviews submission

Invites university to apply for accreditation

APC

18 months prior to student commencement

Submits application for accreditation

Enters into APC evaluation process with a site (SET) visit

University

12 months prior to student commencement

Accreditation Committee considers SET report

Determines any corrective actions necessary

Determines accreditation decision, if corrective actions are deemed low risk

Notifies PBA and university of accreditation decision

APC

10 months prior to student commencement

Considers approval of the accredited university program

Notifies APC of approval outcome

PBA

6 Months prior to student commencement

Notifies the university of the approval outcome

Authorises the university to commence advertising and enrolment of students

APC