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Reinstatement to the Register


This information is for pharmacists who have previously been registered in New Zealand, but are no longer on the register of pharmacists of the Pharmacy Council of NZ and who now want to reinstate their registration in New Zealand.

If your registration was cancelled (under HPCA Act 2003) because the Council:
  • was given information regarding your death and the information is incorrect [s143(3)] or
  • has received a written request by you to cancel your registration [s144(3)] or
  • did not receive a response to a letter sent by the Registrar to you at your registered address asking if you want to remain on the register [s144(5)]
then you can be reinstated to the Register upon written application to the Council as long as you:
  • satisfy the criteria for fitness for registration in accordance with s16 of the Act and
  • are not subject to any pending disciplinary proceedings under Part 4 of the Act and
  • are not subject to an order under s101(1)(a) of the Act [Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal orders cancellation of registration] 
  • were not removed from the register of pharmacists under s 31 (2) (d) of the Pharmacy Act 1970
Note that the above also applies to pharmacists who held registration under the Pharmacy Act 1970 and who were removed from the register:
  • Because the Council did not receive a response to a letter sent by the Registrar to the pharmacist's registered address asking him/her if they wanted to remain on the register (s20 of the Pharmacy Act 1970) or
  • for amendment of register on change of name (s24 of the Pharmacy Act 1970) or
  • at their own request (s24 of the Pharmacy Act 1970) or
  • for non-payment of fees (s25 of the Pharmacy Act 1970)

Reinstatement to the non-practising register


If you want to be reinstated to the register of pharmacists in NZ, contact the Registrations Officer at the Pharmacy Council of NZ for a copy of the form.

Please note that registration alone does not entitle you to practise as a pharmacist in New Zealand.

In order to practise in NZ you will need to:
  • Be registered as a pharmacist in NZ and
  • Hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC)
  • Reinstated to the practising register (includes NZ registered pharmacists practising overseas)
If you want to be reinstated to the register of pharmacists in NZ and practise as a pharmacist in NZ, then you will need to complete the reinstatement to register form (practising). Contact the Registrations Officer at the Pharmacy Council of NZ for a copy of the form.

You should also refer to the Returning to the Practising Register information to view the returning to practise register requirements.  If you have been practising in other country(s) since you were last registered in New Zealand you need to contact the Registration Authorities in all the countries you practised in to arrange for a certificate(s) or letter(s) of Good Standing to be sent to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. This needs to be received by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand before your application can be processed. Please contact the Registrations Officer at the Pharmacy Council to ensure your letter(s) of Good Standing have been received.

Transfer from non-practising to practising register (includes NZ registered pharmacists practising overseas)


If you have remained registered as a pharmacist in New Zealand and want to move from the non-practising register to the practising register, you will need to refer to the Returning to the Practising Register information. This includes pharmacists who have remained on the register of pharmacists in NZ but have been practising overseas.

If you have been practising in other country(s) since you were last registered in New Zealand you need to contact the Registration Authorities in all the countries you practised in to arrange for a certificate(s) or letter(s) of Good Standing to be sent to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. This needs to be received by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand before your application can be processed. Please contact the Registrations Officer at the Pharmacy Council to ensure your letter(s) of Good Standing have been received.

Seeking registration in NZ for the first time


If you have never been registered as a pharmacist in New Zealand and you are applying for registration please refer to the section "Wanting to Register?"