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Pharmacy Council Prescribed Qualifications Amendment Notice 2013

Pursuant to section 12(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 ("the Act"), the following notice is given.
N o t i c e
Title and commencement-(1) This notice may be cited as the Pharmacy Council Prescribed Qualifications Amendment Notice 2013.
(2) This notice comes into effect on 1 January 2014.
(3) This notice replaces the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (PCNZ) Prescribed Qualifications Amendment Notice 2006 "Qualifications Prescribed for Registration in a Scope of Practice", published in the New Zealand Gazette, 2 November
2006, No. 126, page 3728.
1. Registration in the Pharmacist Scope of Practice
Pursuant to section 12 of the Act, the following qualifications are prescribed for registration in the pharmacist scope of practice:
(i) New Zealand and Australian Pharmacy Graduates
(a) Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Auckland; or
(b) Bachelor of Pharmacy, National School of Pharmacy (Otago); or
(c) Australian pharmacy degrees from Schools of Pharmacy accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC); and
(d) successful completion of the Intern Training Programme of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (Inc); and
(e) a pass in the PCNZ assessments as follows:
- Written Examination; and
- Assessment Centre.
(ii) Australian Registered Pharmacists - Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition
(a) Current registration with any one of the Pharmacy Boards of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Australian Commonwealth Territories, Northern Territories, Pharmacists Board of Queensland or Pharmacy Council of Western Australia; and
(b) successful completion of the PCNZ Law and Ethics interview.
(iii) Recognised Equivalent Qualification Route (REQR) pharmacists
Holders of a pharmacy qualification from a country or jurisdiction recognised by the PCNZ (currently recognised countries are United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America):
- in which there is a legislative basis for registration/licensure of pharmacists;
- in which the practice of pharmacy is considered by the PCNZ to be substantially equivalent to Australia/New Zealand;
- in which the level of competency required to practise pharmacy is considered to be substantially equivalent to Australia/New Zealand; and
- which has accreditation of tertiary institutions offering pharmacy degrees as accredited by the APC, or which the pharmacy qualification is from an institution individually accredited by the APC.
(a) successful completion of the Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists (CAOP) examination;
(b) successful completion of a minimum period of four weeks' supervised practice under an approved pharmacist
(three months for Canada and United States of America applicants);
(c) successful completion of the PCNZ Law and Ethics interview; and
(d) successful completion of a PCNZ-approved Return to the Workforce Programme (Canada and United States of America applicants only).
(iv) Registered pharmacists applying from countries other than Australia or REQR countries
(a) Pharmacy degree and post-registration work experience in pharmacy deemed by the PCNZ as equivalent in content and learning outcomes to a current APC accredited pharmacy programme; and
(b) current registration as a pharmacist with a pharmacy registration authority in the same country of registration where the degree in (iv)(a) was completed; and
(c) successful completion of the Intern Training Programme of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (Inc), and
(d) a pass in the PCNZ assessments as follows:
- Written Examination; and
- Assessment Centre.
2. Intern Pharmacist Scope of Practice
Pursuant to section 12 of the Act, the following qualifications have been prescribed for registration in the intern pharmacist scope of practice:
(a) Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Auckland; or
(b) Bachelor of Pharmacy, National School of Pharmacy (Otago); or
(c) Australian pharmacy degrees from Schools of Pharmacy holding either full or conditional accreditation from
the Australian Pharmacy Council.
Dated at Wellington this 29th day of October 2013.
CLAIRE PAGET-HAY, Registrar, Pharmacy Council.