International Accreditation

The APC offers accreditation of international programs for two main purposes:

  • assuring the quality of programs formally linked to Australian/New Zealand accredited pharmacy programs and/or;
  • as an independent, international quality improvement review.

We undertake accreditation of international programs against the Accreditation Standards for pharmacy programs in Australia and New Zealand.

Applying for accreditation
After reviewing our Guidelines for International Accreditation you can contact us at any stage to discuss the application process and timelines for review. Application times and scheduling of site evaluations will be dependent upon the maturity of the program under review and the availability of International Site Evaluation Team (ISET) members to schedule a visit. It is important to note that accreditation of pharmacy programs may take up to 30 months if the program is newly established.

Site evaluations and monitoring
International programs providers are required to submit a written accreditation application and undergo a site evaluation prior to accreditation being granted.

If seeking re-accreditation the process must be repeated before the end of the maximum five year accreditation period.

ISETs are composed of:

  • two suitably qualified academics
  • a practicing pharmacist
  • an APC quality auditor to provide secretariat support.

Skills assessment exemptions and registration
Graduates of international programs accredited by us are not automatically eligible for registration as an intern by the PBA/PCNZ. These graduates are still required to undertake the APC Skills Assessment process and registration processes as set out for overseas trained pharmacists.

Accreditation outcomes for international programs cannot be considered by the PBA or PCNZ for the purposes of approval for registration within Australia and New Zealand.