Summary

Our highest priority is to keep our candidates and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This page lists the measures we're taking, and changes we've made to help ensure that safety.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) APC response

We understand these are uncertain times for many. We are committed to supporting and guiding our candidates and stakeholders through this unprecedented time.

We are being guided by information provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). We are urgently working with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to figure out how our accreditation and examination processes can adapt within this environment. We will continue to update our 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.

Our staff are now working remotely. Please bear with us on the phones. It is best to email us with your enquiries.

Please stay safe.
 

31 August - Guidance on student clinical placements - Victoria

This document is for education providers, students, Victorian public health sector entities and aged care providers. It provides advice on student clinical placements scheduled during the current Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions in regional and rural Victoria. Download Guidance on student clinical placements (Word, 6 pages).

21 August 2020 - Exam candidates to wear masks in test centres

During the pandemic, all exam candidates must bring and wear their own face masks while they're at the test center and throughout their exam. Please read the latest health & safety requirements at Pearson VUE-owned test centers.

Candidates will not be admitted to the test center and should reschedule their exam if they have experienced any symptoms or if they have been in close contact with anyone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

5 August 2020 - Extension of validity period for CAOP skills assessment letters

Due to COVID-19, we have extended the CAOP validity period by an additional twelve months for candidates whose Skills Assessment letters were issued between 2017 and 2020. For example, a Skills Assessment letter issued on 1 July 2020 will be valid until 1 July 2024. Please note this extension of validity period is for registration purposes only. 

Y
ou will not require an updated Skills Assessment letter to reflect the extension, because the Pharmacy Board of Australia has been notified.

27 July 2020 - Intern Written Exams October session confirmed

We're delighted to announce that the October Intern Written Exam will be held from the 17 - 21 October 2020. The session will offer both event-based and online proctored delivery modes. This means candidates can sit the exam either in a test centre or in the comfort of their own home or office. Read the full message from our CEO.

21 July 2020 - KAPS exam rescheduled for December

We have rescheduled the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) examination set for October 2020. It will now be held 6 - 8 December 2020.

As COVID-19 is still prevalent across the world, our exam provider, PearsonVUE, has closed exam centres until we can ensure your safety. The health and safety of you, your family and the community is our priority. Read more.

24 June 2020 - Extension of validity period for KAPS skills assessment letters

Due to COVID-19, we have extended the KAPS validity period by an additional twelve months for candidates whose Skills Assessment letters were issued between 2017 and 2020. For example, a Skills Assessment letter issued on 1 July 2020 will be valid until 1 July 2024. Please note this extension of validity period is for registration purposes only. 

Y
ou will not require an updated Skills Assessment letter to reflect the extension, because the Pharmacy Board of Australia has been notified.

30 April 2020 - Intern Written Exams to be re-scheduled

We will be re-scheduling the upcoming Intern Written Exams set for June and July due to COVID-19 impacting on our exam provider, Pearson VUE.

Pearson VUE, has unfortunately closed all of its professional centres across Australia due to the unprecedented pandemic that has imposed physical distancing requirements for the health and safety of the community.

We wish to assure students and candidates, that we are already moving very quickly to schedule the intern written exam for October so that is also aligns with the Board oral exam.

We will also make arrangements for the exam to be delivered online so that we can ensure everyone is appropriately physically distant and safe, because your health and professional development is our priority.

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We're here to help and we have your back.

Listen to this message from our CEO, Bronwyn Clark.

24 April 2020 - Council of Pharmacy Schools Guiding Principles for pharmacy student clinical education during a Global Health Emergency

The COVID-19 global pandemic has necessitated rapid changes in both the health education and practice arenas. This has amplified the need to collaborate across the profession of pharmacy and along with other health professions to ensure that pharmacy graduates demonstrate the skills required to provide safe, high quality, and socially accountable access to, and use of, medicines and other health technologies.

The Council of Pharmacy Schools: Australia and New Zealand, has published some principles regarding pharmacy student clinical education to support the COVID-19 pandemic workforce as part of and in parallel to pharmacy student academic studies. Read CPS Guiding Principles to find out more.

20 April 2020 - COVID-19 update for intern examinations

We are continuing to work with the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PharmBA) to determine the impact of COVID-19 on the Intern Written Examination, which we conduct on behalf of PharmBA. Please read their COVID-19 update for interns.

20 April 2020 - National Principles for clinical education during COVID-19 agreed

The Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative (HPAC) Forum, AHPRA, National Boards and the Australian Government have set national principles to guide professions, Accreditation Authorities, education providers and health services when making decisions about student clinical education.

APC has been an active part developing these principles through our CEO Bronwyn Clark, who chairs the HPAC Forum. We thank all parties for their collaboration to reach these principles and provide some guidance during these uncertain times.

Read the National principles for clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

8 April 2020 - Modification to Standards for the Accreditation of Programs to support Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines during COVID-19 pandemic

As we approach peak flu season, pharmacist-delivered vaccinations will be vital for maintaining the health of the Australian community. Across jurisdictions and around the world there is growing understanding for an allowance to be made for justified variations in practice. Read more.

7 April 2020 - KAPS June examination cancelled

After careful consideration we can confirm that the upcoming KAPS June 2020 exam session has been cancelled. We will continue to keep all candidates informed about the delivery of our examinations. Our first priority is the safety of candidates, examiners and staff. See our Exam Dates and Centres.

27 March 2020 - HPAC Consensus

The Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum has developed a consensus statement. It details the collective position of accreditation authorities with respect to accredited programs and the impact of COVID-19. This includes ongoing ability to meet the accreditation standards. Read more.

26 March 2020 - APC Novel coronavirus update (COVID-19) to accredited pharmacy program providers

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) understands that the current outbreak of COVID-19 is impacting on accredited program providers. We are closely monitoring the situation and our response will continue to be guided by publicly available information from the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read more.

20 March 2020 - Advice on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Candidates Sitting APC Examinations

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Candidates sitting APC examinations MUST comply with government requirements in the country wherever they sit for an APC examination. Read more.

16 March 2020 Decision to Postpone APC/ANMAC Colloquium 2020

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to POSTPONE the Colloquium until early 2021 due to the escalation of COVID-19 nationally and internationally. Read more.

07 February 2020 - Advice on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Candidates Sitting APC Examinations

The outbreak of COVID-19 has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International concern. Candidates sitting APC examinations MUST comply with government requirements in the country wherever they sit for an APC examination. Read more.

Our Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The outbreak of COVID-19 has now been declared a Public Health Emergency of International concern. Candidates sitting APC examinations MUST comply with government requirements in the country wherever they sit for an APC examination. Read more.

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