News & Publications

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. Please read our full statement for further details.

Please see our FAQs page for more information

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 Places.

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.

10 March 2020 - Intern Written Results Update
As part of our commitment to improve quality and fairness, the pass mark for the Intern Written Examination will change to a single overall pass mark of 65%, effective 5 April 2020. 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.

29 January 2020 - Call for Technical Working Group members - KAPS exam
APC invites academics and practising pharmacists to apply for the APC KAPS exam Technical Working Group. The Technical Working Group will advise APC on a revised table of specifications for the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) examination. Applications have now closed.

4 November 2019 - APC's third Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO Distinguished Lecture Series
Associate Professor Faye McMillan is this year's speaker at our 2019 Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO Lecture Series! Register here

4 November 2019 - Fee Increase: APC Skills Assessments and Examinations
There will be a 2.5% fee increase on APC skills assessment applications and examinations from 1 January 2020 (AEST).

1 November 2019 - Call for Site Evaluation team (SET) Members
APC invites academics and practising pharmacists to apply for the APC Site Evaluation Team (SET) Member register. For further information see the Expression of Interest Form or the SET Visit Information Sheet.

25 October 2019 - Call for Director Applications
The APC Board is inviting applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with cultural capacity and demonstrated connection to country and community to apply for a Director position on the Board. Read more.

21 October 2019 - PharmBA approves Accreditation Standards
The Pharmacy Board of Australia has approved our latest set of Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Programs in Australia and New Zealand 2020. As of next year, one set of standards will be adopted to cover both degree and intern programs, and are strongly underpinned by a pillar of Social Accountability. Read media release

26 June 2018 - Intern Year Blueprint
Today the Australian Pharmacy Council and the Pharmacy Board of Australia jointly release the new intern year blueprint to guide intern assessments from 2019. Read more here.
You can also view our Literature Review that was developed to inform the Blueprint.

25 May 2018 - Updates to our Eligibility Assessment Terms and Conditions
Please note after processing your application, the Assessments Team may send you an email stating “Further Information Required” to decide on your application. You will have 90 days from the date of that email to submit the required documentation described in the email. If you do not submit all the required information or documentation within the stated time, you will be taken to have withdrawn your application, and your application will lapse. Please note if your application lapses, you will need to reapply and commence the application process and pay the relevant fee again. The documents that you submit with your lapsed application will be deleted.

13 April 2018 – Examinations Committee
The EOI for positions on this committee have closed and the following people appointed:

Chair – Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO

Dr Joanna Moullin
Lecturer, Curtin University
Pharmacist with experience in high stakes exams

Dr Julie Stevens
Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
Pharmacist with experience in high stakes exams

Emeritus Prof David Prideaux
Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education
School of Medicine, Flinders University
Director & Chair Assessment Committee Australian Medical Council
Rep from a health related Council with experience in exam & clinical assessment

Prof Jim Tognolini
Director, Educational Measurement and Assessment Hub, University of Sydney
Academic with high standing in educational assessment, stats and psychometrics

Dr Daniel Malone
Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Pharmacy Education, Monash University
Academic with high standing with theoretical knowledge and experience in curriculum development and / or instructional design

Kristy Grady
CPA Program Manager
Experienced exams and/or assessment manager with current knowledge of international computer based examination and assessment delivery

We are looking forward to working with the committee and the contribution they will make to APC

10 October 2017 – APC Invites Submissions for Draft Intern Year Blueprint
The APC invites submissions on the Draft Intern Year Blueprint and we welcome your feedback on this assessment blueprint until 17 November 2017.

The development of the Blueprint was commissioned by the APC to inform the Pharmacy Board of Australia regarding best practice in assessment of competency of intern pharmacists for general registration. The Blueprint is based on the 2016 Competency Standards.

An extensive literature review for international evidence about contemporary assessment methods has been completed and accompanies the draft Blueprint. This publication is available here.
Your comments and feedback will contribute to the finalisation of the Blueprint for presentation to the Pharmacy Board of Australia at the end of the year.

Any questions can be directed to Glenys Wilkinson, Executive Director Professional Services, or +61 2 6188 4288.

26 September 2017 - Change in Eligibility Expiry for Assessment Candidates
Important information for Assessment Candidates.  We advise the 3 year expiry on eligibility assessments no longer applies. This decision allows candidates to sit the KAPS/CAOP exam beyond the previously imposed 3 year limitation.

15 September 2017 - International Pharmaceutical Federation Report
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has released the “Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and workforce: A global report”. We are proud to have been co-authors of this report. Read the report here.

03 August 2017 - NRAS Accreditation Systems Review

The Accreditation Systems Review by Health Ministers is now well underway, with responses to the Discussion paper now available publicly on the COAG Health Website Our APC response is available here.

We would like to thank all those who took the time to make submissions to this important piece of work. Professor Woods has indicated that a draft report will be made available for comment in September, before he makes his final recommendations to Ministers on the future of health professions accreditation.

09 March 2017 - Australian Pharmacy Council appoints President and Vice President

In February 2017 the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) Council finalised their biennial election process for the positions of President and Vice President.

The Council is pleased to advise Professor Debra Rowett has been re-elected as President and Mrs Sue Kirsa as Vice President.

Professor Nick Shaw did not seek re-election as Vice President, and remains Chair of the APC Accreditation Committee.

28 October 2016 - Intern Written Exam eligibility criteria to change from 1 January 2018

From 1 January 2018, interns wishing to sit the Intern Written Exam will need to have completed 40 per cent of their required approved supervised practice hours by the date of the exam.

The current eligibility requirement is completion of 30 per cent of approved supervised practice hours will remain in place until 31 December 2017.

This decision was made by the Pharmacy Board of Australia in conjunction with the APC. The decision was based on our research and analysis regarding the optimum time for candidates to sit the written exam and is based on data collected by us over a period of five years.

The change in eligibility criteria will ensure interns have sufficient time and experience in their supervised practice to adequately demonstrate their competence.

4 February 2016 - APC releases new exam practice papers

Release of APC Exam Practice Papers 2015
We are pleased to announce the release of two further practice papers for the following APC exams:

- Intern Written Exam
- Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacist Exam (CAOP)
Read full media release

15 December 2015 - Changes to Skills Assessment applications

From Friday 1 February 2016 we will no longer be accepting paper-based applications for Skills Assessment. Candidates wishing to apply for a Skills Assessment must do so using our online system.

The first step in submitting an online application is to complete an online eligibility check.

Our online application process is simple and easy to use. Once you have gone through the online eligibility check and created a login you will be able to use the Candidate Portal to upload your documents and pay us directly without possible delays in postal or courier delivery.

Paper-based Skills Assessment applications date stamped by postal services after 31 January 2016 will be returned to Candidates unprocessed.