Practising status guidance
Guidance for the non-traditional pharmacist roles

While the majority of pharmacists work in community or hospital pharmacy roles, increasingly, many pharmacists are utilising their unique skills, knowledge and perspective to improve healthcare in New Zealand from positions outside of these traditional roles.

These roles may not include direct patient contact or the dispensing of medicines.

Pharmacy is also practised when a pharmacist influences the healthcare of specific patients via an intermediary health provider, or when practice impacts healthcare at a community or population level.

The Pharmacist scope of practice and the competence standards recognise and enable this.

View our guidance PDF to help determine if your role falls within the scope and see some examples: