About the

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Who we are
The 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 are competent and fit to practise. We set the standards required for pharmacist training. We authorise the registration of pharmacists so they can practise, and we consider their applications for their annual practising certificates.   We receive and consider complaints about pharmacists’ conduct, fitness to practise or health.

What we do

Enhanced wellbeing through excellence in pharmacy practice.

Council members

Pharmacy Council members are appointed by the Minister of Health. The Council has eight members including six pharmacists and two lay members.

Operations team

The Pharmacy Council members appoint the Chief Executive who then appoints the operations team. Our operations team helps the Pharmacy Council run smoothly.

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.


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