The REQR process is open to practising pharmacists who
A practising pharmacist from one of the above countries who is currently registered and in good standing with the registration authority in their own country can apply for registration in New Zealand under the REQR process.
NB: Overseas pharmacists who have registration in one of the above countries but did not gain their pharmacy degree or complete an approved programme in Canada, Ireland, the UK or the USA are not eligible for registration under the REQR process. Please see information to determine eligibility under the Non-REQR process.
Prior to applying for registration in New Zealand, an applicant must sit and pass the computer-based, competency assessment of overseas pharmacists (CAOP) examination.
The CAOP exam is delivered by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Exam venues, fees, subject areas, topics, and sample questions are on the APC website, and applications to sit the exam are made online. Fees are payable at the time of application. (NB: When contacting APC, please advise your intention to register in New Zealand.)
For upcoming CAOP exam dates, please see the APC website.
The APC will notify candidates of their results approximately four weeks after the exam date.
Candidates applying for New Zealand registration are allowed two attempts to pass the CAOP exam. Further attempts are only permitted at the discretion of the Pharmacy Council.
Candidates who pass the CAOP exam have two years to apply for registration as a pharmacist in New Zealand.
Documentation to support an REQR application includes the following:
A pharmacist must hold an annual practising certificate to practise pharmacy even while working under supervision and meeting specified requirements. Initially, a condition will be placed on the scope of practice, and it will be recorded on the public register. Once all the requirements of the condition have been met, the Council will remove the condition and issue an unconditional practising certificate.
Applicants from Ireland and the UK are required to complete a minimum of four weeks’ supervised practice under the supervision of a practising New Zealand pharmacist, before attending a Law and Ethics interview with an approved assessor.
Applicants from Canada and the USA are required to complete a minimum of three months’ supervised practice before attending the interview. They must also successfully complete the revisit the workplace programme run by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.
NB: The supervising pharmacist must meet the Pharmacy Council requirements.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to find employment for their period of supervision. The Pharmacy Council does not assist with finding employment opportunities.
Applicants must be eligible to work as a pharmacist in New Zealand and must enclose proof with their application for Registration as a Pharmacist. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm their registration status with the NZ Immigration Service.
If you have passed CAOP and you are ready to start your application for registration, please click here
For further enquiries please email the Registrations Officer.