Safe, effective, pharmacy practice
The Pharmacy Council is established under the Health Practitioners competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) and has a duty to protect the public and promote good pharmacist practice.
The functions of the Pharmacy Council are to:
- determine the scopes of practice for pharmacists.
- prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes.
- authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act, and to maintain registers.
- consider applications for annual practising certificates.
- review and promote the competence of health practitioners.
- recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners.
- consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession.
- promote education and training in the profession.
- promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority.
- to exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.