Our core business is to:

  • accredit pharmacy programs in Australia
  • assess the competency of Australian pharmacy interns
  • assess the skills of pharmacists who qualified outside Australia

On this page:

What we do

At the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), we focus on pharmacy education and standards. Our main functions are:

  • assessing pharmacists
  • accrediting programs and organisations
  • developing standards

We keep the public safe by ensuring that pharmacists are competent and can deliver effective health care.

We are an independent body, authorised by:

Assessing skills and competency

We make sure people who want to practise pharmacy in Australia are competent to do so. We assess their knowledge by:

  • administering the Intern Written Exam, before an intern registers as a pharmacist
  • providing Skills Assessment letters for pharmacists who trained outside Australia and want to practise here

Our focus on evidence-based assessment means all pharmacists in Australia meet the same high standards.

Find out more about skills assessments for pharmacists.

Accrediting pharmacy programs

We accredit pharmacy programs in Australia on behalf of PharmBA. We also assess programs for the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (PCNZ).

Programs that we accredit include:

  • pharmacy degrees
  • intern training programs (ITPs)

Learn more about the accreditation of pharmacy programs.

Accrediting CPD accrediting organisations

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement every year for registered pharmacists. PharmBA asks us to accredit the organisations that accredit CPD activities in Australia.

CPD accrediting organisations follow our standards to assess the educational quality and relevance of CPD activities.

Find an a CPD accrediting organisation.

Maintaining accreditation standards

We develop and maintain the accreditation standards for:

  • pharmacy programs
  • CPD activities
  • vaccination training programs

Read about our work on standards.

What we don't do

We don't:

  • recommend pharmacy degrees
  • recommend intern training
  • recommend CPD activities
  • give advice on migration or visas
  • register pharmacists
  • manage the final intern oral exam
  • accredit CPD activities
  • accredit pharmacy education 'providers' (only the 'programs')
  • accredit or deliver vaccination training programs
  • give out consumer information on medications
  • answer questions about medication side effects
  • handle complaints about individual pharmacists
  • check the registration of pharmacists
  • license individual pharmacy businesses
  • mandate pharmacist CPD requirements

Contacting who's responsible

Medications

Ask your local pharmacist about prescriptions, medications, side effects or availability of medication.

Report side effects of a medication or get consumer information from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Migration and visas

Find out about migrating to Australia or getting a visa as a pharmacist from the Department of Home Affairs.

Pharmacy registration

Ask PharmBA about becoming a registered pharmacist or sitting the Intern Oral Exam.

For advice on CPD requirements for pharmacists, see PharmBA's:

Pharmacists

If you have concerns about a pharmacist, these organisations can help:

Laws and pharmacies

If you have a question about pharmacy laws and licensing, or a concern about a local pharmacy, contact your local authority.

State

Registration board

Phone

Australian Capital Territory

Pharmaceutical Services, ACT Health

02 6205 0961

New South Wales

Pharmacy Council of NSW

1300 197 177

Northern Territory

Department of Health

08 8999 2400

Queensland

Department of Health

13 43 25 84

South Australia

Pharmacy Regulation Authority SA

08 8267 6218

Tasmania

Tasmanian Pharmacy Authority

0417 752 348

Victoria

Victorian Pharmacy Authority

03 9653 1700

Western Australia

Pharmacy Regulation Board of WA

08 9328 4388

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