This document outlines the policy and process for international degree program providers seeking APC accreditation of an international pharmacy degree program.
The purpose of this policy is to provide clear guidance regarding decisions about the accreditation of international pharmacy degree programs.
The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) accredits international pharmacy degree programs to assure their quality against the Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Programs in Australia and New Zealand 2020 (‘Accreditation Standards’) and to offer an independent review for quality improvement.
To be eligible to apply for accreditation, a degree program delivered outside of Australia (an ‘international program’) must meet a number of specific criteria before being invited to apply. The education provider is required to show that the program:
If these criteria are met and we agree to commence the accreditation process, the program will be required to submit an accreditation application against the Accreditation Standards. Fees will apply as outlined on our accreditation fees list.
The following principles apply to the process of international degree program accreditation:
The accreditation process for international degree programs is outlined in the APC Accreditation Guide. International degree programs follow the same processes as Australian programs, where possible, and any differences between the processes are highlighted in the Accreditation Guide.
International degree programs are assessed against 36 of the 38 criteria in the Accreditation Standards (see Appendix A for more detail). For a further three of the 36 eligible criteria, the requirements for these programs are modified (see Appendix B for more details).
The accreditation decision making process for international degree programs involves both the APC Board and the Accreditation Committee. The decision making responsibilities are designated as follows:
Graduates of APC accredited international degree programs are not eligible for exemption from any stages of the APC skills assessment process, including the Knowledge of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) or the Competency Assessment for Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) examinations (as applicable for their country of training).
Graduates seeking registration with PharmBA will be required to apply via our existing Skills Assessment and Registration process.
International degree programs that are granted accreditation are only eligible for ‘accreditation with conditions’, due to these programs being unable to meet two criteria in the Accreditation Standards. The two criteria are described below.
The requirements for three criteria in the Accreditation Standards will be modified for international programs to apply outside of the Australian context. The three criteria and the amended assessment requirements are described below.