Competence and Conduct Committees

Competence and Fitness to Practise Committee (CFPC)

The Competence and Fitness to Practise Committee (CFPC) is a Council committee set up to consider significant concerns about a pharmacist’s competence or health. Council has delegated to the Committee, powers which include:

  • Ordering a competence review
  • Ordering a competence programme
  • Suspending registration or practising certificate or placing conditions on practice, when a pharmacist:
  • is not practising at the required level of practice, or
  • is not fit to practise, or
  • if there are immediate concerns about the risk to the public (interim orders).

The CFPC is chaired by a Council member and consists of two senior Managers (Manager Regulatory & Registrar, and Manager Compliance, Registration and Standards), two members (pharmacist and lay) independent of Council, and another Council member. The second Council member is not required to participate in every decision.

Professional Conduct Committee (PCC)

See information on the Committee here.

Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (HPDT)

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (HPDT) considers charges brought by a Professional Conduct Committee or the Director of Proceedings. For further information on the HPDT procedures, see HPDT website.

For summaries of HPDT decisions against pharmacists, see here.

Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC)

The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) promotes and protect the rights of health consumers, and considers complaints about pharmacists when the health consumer is not satisfied with the service provided. For further information see