Fitness for Registration


Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003 requires the Pharmacy Council to ensure that all applicants applying to register for the first time are fit for registration.

In your application you must disclose any matter that may affect your fitness for registration.

We will consider information in your application and disclosure (in accordance with the Act) to confirm that you are fit to be registered.  You can be assured that any information you disclose will be treated in strict confidence. Our team will work alongside you to provide support to enable you to practise safely and ensure public safety.

English language communication (Section 16 (a) and (b))

You must be able to communicate and comprehend English effectively to be able to practice within the appropriate scope(s) of practice AND protect the health and safety of the public.   You may be asked to take remedial action, if the Pharmacy Council is notified that you are not communicating in English to an acceptable standard.

Convictions (Section 16 (c))

If you have been convicted of an offence in any court in New Zealand or other jurisdiction, please request a copy of your conviction history to support your disclosure.

The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 applies.  Under the Act you are not required to disclose any convictions or offence that occurred seven or more years ago where no re-offending has occurred, and/or any conviction or offence that was not a specified offence and did not result in imprisonment or corrective training.

Mental and/or physical condition (Section 16 (d))

You are required to disclose any mental or physical condition and provide details of the illness, duration of treatment, name and contact details of treating practitioner for any condition that may affect your fitness for registration and practise.

Professional Conduct (Section 16 (e), (f) and (g))

You must provide full details of any disciplinary actions, or investigations that you are (or have previously been) the subject of, by:

  • an employer, licensing body or professional organisation
  • the Health and Disability Commissioner (or an equivalent consumer protection body); or an educational institution
  • in respect of any matter that was, or may lead to, a professional disciplinary proceeding in New Zealand or in another country.