Registration Online FAQs

Applications

Q. What is the Pharmacy Council?
A. The Pharmacy Council is established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) and has a duty to protect the public and promote good pharmacist practice. The role of the Pharmacy Council is broad, but our primary role is to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the public by ensuring pharmacists are competent and fit to practise. To find out more about the Council, please visit our About Us page.

Q. How does the Pharmacy Council differ from the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand? 
A. The Pharmacy Council is the regulator for New Zealand pharmacists. The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) is the professional body for New Zealand pharmacists. For more about the Society, please visit their website here.

Q. When is the deadline to apply to register as an Intern Pharmacist? 
A. The deadline is 25 January 2018. This will ensure you can start the EVOLVE intern training programme on 1 February 2018. 

Q. What information and documents do I need to complete my application? 
A. To make your application process easy, we advise applicants to have all supporting information and documents on hand before applying. Please use this checklist to determine if you have everything you need to apply:

  • Confirmation that you have passed your BPharm degree or that you are a non-REQR pharmacist
  • Confirmation that you have an intern training site and a preceptor
  • A scanned copy of either your birth certificate OR details page of your passport OR your citizenship certificate (certified)
  • A scanned copy of a recent photo ID (eg drivers licence) OR a passport-sized photo (certified)
  • A scanned copy of your criminal conviction history. This must be obtained by the Ministry of Justice

Q. I am not a New Zealand citizen, what proof do I need to work here?
A. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are legally entitled to work in New Zealand. We do not require proof of your immigration status. Please remember, if you still have a student visa, you will need to obtain a work permit. For further information, please refer to NZ Immigration website.

Q. What is a certified copy?
A. A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document that has been certified as a true copy. You must get your documents certified by a Justice of the Peace, a solicitor or a NZ court registrar. They must see the original copy and must state: “This is a true copy of the original” and sign and print their name on the photocopy, and include the date.


Q. I would like to disclose a health-related matter, how do I do this?
A. Please be assured that in all cases Council aims to be supportive and work alongside the pharmacist to put measures in place to enable safe practice and ensure public safety.

The sorts of things considered in health matters are: advice of treating health professionals; information from any medical reports provided; how the condition is being managed; what support may be needed in the workplace.

There will be a section within the form which will ask you about your health-related matter, and to ask you to upload any supporting documents, so please ensure you have these to hand before making your application.

All disclosures are considered on a case-by-case basis and are treated in strict confidence by Council staff. If you’re in any doubt please phone Council on +64 4 495 0330 to speak with a Registrations Officer.

Q. I would like to disclose a conduct or conviction matter, how do I do this?
A. Please be assured that in all cases Council aims to be supportive and work alongside the pharmacist to put measures in place to enable safe practice and ensure public safety.

The sorts of things considered in conduct/conviction matters are: the seriousness of the conduct or behaviour; the relevance of the conduct or behaviour to the practice of pharmacy; when the conduct or behaviour took place; the applicant's age at the time the conduct or behaviour took place; the applicant's personal mitigation in respect to the conduct or behaviour; and remorse shown. 

There will be a section within the form which will ask you about your conduct/conviction, and to ask you to upload any supporting documents, so please ensure you have these to hand before making your application.

All disclosures are considered on a case-by-case basis and are treated in strict confidence by Council staff. If you’re in any doubt please phone Council on +64 4 495 0330 to speak with a Registrations Officer.

Q. Can I use my smart phone or tablet to apply?
A. Yes, our forms are accessible from most devices, including smart phones and tablet

Q. Do I have to complete my application in one go?
A. No, you don’t have to complete your application all in one. There will be an option for you to click ‘save and continue’ which will prompt you to provide an email address. Once you do that, you will receive an email with a unique link which will allow you to go back to your application at a later date.

Payment

Q. How much will my Intern Annual Prastising Certificate cost?
A. Your Annual Practising Certificate (APC) will cost $695.11. You will need to pay for the fee at the time of registering online.

Q. What are the options for payment?
A. Payment can be made by either Credit or Debit Card or online banking. If you choose to make payment by online banking, please note your internet browser will need to one of these versions or higher:

  • Internet Explorer (IE) – 8 or 9
  • Firefox – 12.0
  • Chrome - 21.0.1180.75
  • Opera - 11.61
  • Safari - 5.1.2

An older browser may let you complete the online form but will not allow for online banking. Payment by credit card is not restricted by your internet browser version.

Q. Will my bank allow for me to make a payment to the Pharmacy Council?
A. Online banking is available for the following banks:

  • ANZ
  • ASB
  • BNZ
  • KiwiBank
  • Westpac

Q. Why is my bank no longer appearing as one of the banks to complete my online payment?
A. Connections with hosting banks and the merchant bank (i.e. DPS) can from time to time go down, or your bank could be experiencing time out or routine maintenance (i.e. outages). If your bank is not showing on the list, please try again in 24 hours. Alternatively select the other payment method ‘credit card’.

Q. My employer had agreed to pay my registration fee. How will this work?
A. When you apply for your registration, you will be required to pay at the same time (credit/debit card or online bank transfer payment). You will be issued with a GST receipt as proof of payment, which you can then submit to your employer for reimbursement.

Q. How will I know when my registration has been approved? 
A. You will receive a confirmation email when you have completed your application and payment online. If you don’t, please check your junk mailbox before contacting us. Once your application has been processed and your registration approved, your name will appear on the Council’s online public register. Please check this first before contacting us. 

The public register will not display any personal contact details. The following information will appear:

  • Your full name
  • Your qualification, e.g. BPharm (Otago)
  • Your district, e.g. Dunedin
  • Your scope of practice, e.g. Intern pharmacist

Q. My question hasn’t been answered, who can I contact?
A. Please email online@pharmacycouncil.org.nz with your question. We aim to respond to all emails within three working days.