Table of applicable fees
Fitness to practise
The HPCA Act requires the Pharmacy Council to be assured that all pharmacists applying for a practising certificate (recertifying) are fit to practise.
Setting professional development requirements for recertification is one way the Council can be assured you are taking action to stay competent as a pharmacist.
PDFs of competence standards to download
Ethical and professional
Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics
Statement on cultural competence
Pharmacy Council and joint Statements
Pharmacy Council 2021 Performance ReviewResponsible Authorities (RA), such as the Pharmacy Council, are required to undertake periodic performance reviews as mandated under section 122A of the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) 2003. They involve...
Social media, advertising, workplace pressures and writing SOP Guidelines
What we do
Enhanced wellbeing through excellence in pharmacy practice.
PDFs to download
Pharmacy Council members are appointed by the Minister of Health. The Council has eight members including six pharmacists and two lay members.
Medicines Management Framework, MUR Competence Standards and Prescriber Service Statement
The Pharmacy Council members appoint the Chief Executive who then appoints the operations team. Our operations team helps the Pharmacy Council run smoothly.
How to register as an Intern Pharmacist if you’ve graduated from a Bachelor of Pharmacy programme in New Zealand or Australia.
The Pharmacy Council undertakes several projects each year to respond to emerging regulatory and pharmacy practice trends.
This project involves developing and implementing new, contemporary, and evidence-informed accreditation standards and processes.
Safety alerts for your attention
Vision, mission, strategies
Read our vision and mission statement, our key strategy document and strategic initiatives
Fitness for registration
If you’re applying to register with the Pharmacy Council for the first time, we must ensure you’re fit for registration. It’s a requirement of the HPCA Act 2003.
What is pharmacist practice?
Pharmacy is about the manufacture, supply, and effects of medicines. Pharmacists give patients access to appropriate medicines and advise how to use them.
Registering as a pharmacist
Passed Assessment Centre? You may apply to register
Online application FAQs
Common questions regarding the online registration process
Pharmacist scopes of practice
There are three scopes of practice: Intern Pharmacist, Pharmacist and Pharmacist Prescriber.
Going to work overseas
Planning to leave NZ to practise elsewhere in the world?
Adverse events during assessments and exams
Have an adverse event during an exam or assessment?
What you can expect from your pharmacist
A pharmacist’s main responsibility is to make sure that you have appropriate access to medicines that are safe and effective. You can expect your pharmacist to act professionally, meeting standards set by the Pharmacy Council. You can complain if you’re unhappy with a pharmacist’s conduct.
Returning to practice
Requirements of returning to practising register
Make a complaint or raise a concern about a pharmacist
If you’re unhappy about the way a pharmacist has treated you, you can make a complaint to the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC), or raise a concern with the Pharmacy Council. Which you do, depends on the kind of problem.
Supervising pharmacist requirements
If a pharmacist is asked to act as a supervisor, they need to meet certain requirements.
Information if you are no longer on the register and wish to be reinstated.
Decisions of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
Summaries of HPDT findings
Accredited education programmes
See the accredited education providers
Criminal history checks
In certain circumstances, we ask pharmacists and interns to send us their criminal history reports.
Registration routes available to you
See our current and historic Pharmacy Council Annual Reports.
Non-renewal and removal
Removal, non-renewal or disciplinary action
New Zealand graduate route
New Zealand (or Australian) Graduate Route
Pharmacy Council consultations and submissions
Information regarding pharmacist prescriber scope, education, training and registration requirements.
This page lists the latest Pharmacy Council Notices published in the New Zealand Gazette.
Media Releases from the Pharmacy Council
English Language Requirements
All graduates applying for registration in the Intern Scope of Practice must be able to communicate effectively in English.
A complaint has been made about me as a pharmacist
Complaints and concerns are managed differently
See current and historic Council newsletters
Law & Ethics Interview
As part of registration, we interview applicants on their knowledge of the law and ethics of New Zealand pharmacy.
I have a concern about another pharmacist
Information regarding lodging a complaint about a pharmacist colleague
We have a statement about the way we use pharmacists’ information, and you can read it here.
Read our annual statistics on the pharmacist workforce in New Zealand.
Practising status guidance
Guidance for the non-traditional pharmacist roles
Newsletter 2023 March
This newsletter covers:IMPORTANT ITEMS FOR YOU TO KNOW ABOUTOUR ENGAGEMENT JOURNEYKEEPING YOU UPDATEDyour current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) expiring soon,new Competence Standards becoming mandatory one year from now,lessons learned from dispensing errors.the...
Newsletter 2022 December
Te Pānui Hakihea 2022
May 2022 newsletter
May 2022 Newsletter – Te Pānui Haratua 2022
See the flowchart and useful links at each registration status
New Zealand & Australian Graduates
Are you graduating this year? Online applications to register as an intern pharmacist will be open in late November.Intern Pharmacist scope of practice and annual practising certificateNew Zealand and Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates are eligible to register...
Naming Policy and Notice of Suspension Orders
Pharmacists registered in Australia
Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA) Route.
Reconsideration of a Council decision
Flowchart, process and policy
Pharmacists qualified in the UK, USA, Canada and Ireland
Recognised Equivalent Qualification Route (REQR)
Council competence and conduct committees
The CFPC considers significant concerns about a pharmacist’s competence or health and the PCC considers complaints, concerns or convictions referred by the Council.
Enhanced wellbeing through excellence in pharmacy practice.
The policies of the Pharmacy Council are altered from time to time.
Pharmacists qualified in other countries
Non-Recognised Equivalent Qualifications Route (Non-REQR)
General advice if you are considering making a competence referral
Response to public consultation on standards
Thank you to all the groups and individuals who have responded to the public consultations.
Dealing with complaints
Advice for addressing a complaint.
Community pharmacists’ beliefs about suboptimal practice during Covid-19
Community pharmacists’ beliefs about suboptimal practice during the times of Covid-19
MyRecert – how did the first year go?
Pharmacists did a good job meeting the requirements of the new system.
Pharmacy organisations hui
Governors from pharmacy organisations have been meeting.
There have been some important meetings happening supporting collaboration across the sector.
Changes at Council – meet the team
Meet our new team members
Removal of name from the register
Revision of Register
2022 Workforce Demographics
Read our annual statistics on the pharmacist workforce in New Zealand
Regulatory advice articles
Read regulatory advice supporting professional practice.
Telehealth is the use of information and communications technologies to deliver health care when patients and care providers are not in the same physical location. 
2022 APC process – how did it go?
APC applications continue to grow, following successful APC process.
2021 Performance Review
Read the results of the independent review of the Pharmacy Council’s performance.
COVID-19 pharmacist relief workforce
Find out how you can help or get some help.
Getting ready for your APC application? Record your CPD requirements in the MyRecert platform.
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Concerns about a pharmacist
Concerns about a pharmacist Ngā māharahara mō tētahi kaimātau rongoā A complaint has been made about me or I have a concern about another pharmacist
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Resources & publications
Resources & publications Ngā Rauemi me ngā Tānga See our publications, consultations and more.
what do pharmacists do
What dopharmacists do? He aha ngā mahi a ngā kaimātau rongoā? Pharmacists give patients access to appropriate medicines and advise how to use them. Practising pharmacists in NZ are qualified, registered, and skilled in their area or...
Standards and practice
Standards and practice information He Mōhiohio mō ngā Paerewa me ngā Mahi PDFs of Standard and practice information for...
Find a pharmacist Pharmacist name
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I am a pharmacist
I am a pharmacist He kaimātau rongoā ahau Standards, statements, guidelines and general information for the New Zealand pharmacist PDFs of Standard and practice information for...
About the Pharmacy Council
About thePharmacyCouncil He whakamōhio mō Te Pou Whakamana Kaimatū o Aotearoa Who we areThe Pharmacy Council is a Responsible Authority created by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) 2003 and protects the public by ensuring that pharmacists...
COVID-19 updates and Information
I am a NZ registered pharmacist
He kaimātau rongoā ahau kua rēhitatia ki Aotearoa I am a NZregisteredpharmacist I am apharmacist Standards and practice, registration status, fees, fitness to...
I want to practise in New Zealand
Kei te pīrangi ahau ki te whai i tēnei mahi ki Aotearoa I want to practise in New Zealand I want to register as a pharmacist Find out if you are eligible for registration in New Zealand Accredited education programmes Find out about accredited education...
I am a member of the public
He mema ahau o te hāpori I am a memberof the public About thePharmacy Council The Pharmacy Council protects the public by ensuring that pharmacists are competent and fit to practise. What dopharmacists do? Pharmacists give patients access to appropriate medicines and...
WelcomeNau mai, haere mai We protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the public by ensuring pharmacists are competent and fit to practise I am a member...
Qualifications and training
Practising pharmacists in NZ are qualified, registered, and skilled in their area or practice.