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Fitness to Practise


Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003 requires the Pharmacy Council to ensure that all applicants seeking registration meet fitness to register requirements. When you apply for registration you will need to disclose information concerning your fitness to register:

Mental and physical condition

Section 16 (d) of The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that no applicant for registration may be registered as a health practitioner of a health profession if the responsible authority is satisfied that the applicant is unable to perform the functions required for the practice of that profession because of some mental or physical condition.

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 to practice pharmacy.

Convictions

Section 16 (c) of The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that no applicant for registration may be registered as a health practitioner of a health profession if he or she has been convicted by any court in New Zealand or elsewhere of any offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of 3 months or longer, and he or she does not satisfy the responsible authority that, having regard to all the circumstances, including the time that has elapsed since the conviction, the offence does not reflect adversely on his or her fitness to practice as a health practitioner of that profession.

If you have been convicted of an offence in any court in New Zealand or other jurisdiction please provided a copy of your conviction history. You can obtain the form to request your information from your local district court or you may ask for the form to be sent to you by writing to:

The Privacy Assistant
Ministry of Justice
National Office
PO Box 2750
Wellington

Professional Conduct

You must provide full details of any investigation 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.