Our highest priority is to keep our candidates and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation’s transition to 'Covid-normal' conditions. This statement details the directions we are taking to keep people safe in regard to vaccinations, examinations and the APC office.

We understand these continue to be uncertain times for many. We are committed to supporting and guiding everyone through this unprecedented time.

We are following the guidance of the Australian Government Department of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as the health directions issued by each Australian State and Territory. We will continue to update our staff, candidates, accredited providers, and the public on new information as soon as it becomes available.

We want to thank all pharmacists and health practitioners around the globe who are working tirelessly on the frontline to provide care to their communities.

Please stay safe.

Vaccination stance

APC strongly encourages vaccination, as recommended by the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The APC Board is fully vaccinated, and all APC staff will be fully vaccinated before the end of the calendar year.

To continue our important work, all APC staff and contractors meeting face-to-face will need to be fully vaccinated. This includes accreditation and exam Subject Matter Experts, accreditation SET members, working group members and consultants who are meeting face-to-face for APC work. This is in place for the safety of everyone and to accommodate all logistical constraints. At this time, APC will not engage contractors who are not fully vaccinated.

Examination candidates

APC engages Pearson VUE to manage all our examination centres. Pearson VUE continue to monitor government instructions regarding COVID-19 management and diligently follow the directions for each jurisdiction, both here and overseas.  Read more about Pearson VUE's coronavirus information.

APC office

APC head office, located on Ngunnawal Country, ACT, is bound by ACT Public Health Directions.

Our office has been open for fully vaccinated staff and essential visitors from 8 November 2021. Staff will continue to work from home when unable to attend the office.

Should there be an incident or exposure on site, APC will act in line with ACT Public Health Directions, which include:

  • temporarily closing the office which may require deep cleaning
  • staff getting tested and isolating (dependent on ACT Public Health Directions and whether it is a close or casual contact)
  • providing confirmation of a negative test result to allow a return to work
  • advising all staff, impacted visitors and key stakeholders if any situations should occur.

If you're interested in how we have responded to the pandemic since 2019, see APC's responses to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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