Law & Ethics Interview
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As part of registration, we interview applicants on their knowledge of the law and ethics of New Zealand pharmacy.

What to expect in a Law and Ethics Interview

We will interview you if you are a pharmacist returning to practise or an overseas pharmacist from a specified country. This allows us to ensure you are ready to practise without conditions in New Zealand. The interview aims to ensure that you can practise competently and safely apply your knowledge of the legal and ethical aspects of New Zealand pharmacy.

This applies to pharmacists returning to practise in New Zealand and overseas pharmacists from Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States (the REQR route).


What we need you to demonstrate

We expect you to:

  • demonstrate a professional attitude
  • communicate clearly in English
  • show you understand cultural requirements in a New Zealand pharmacy environment
  • show you understand and can apply the legal, ethical and practical aspects of pharmacy practice in New Zealand


The professionalism we expect

We consider the hallmarks of professionalism to be:

  • ethical decision making
  • meeting patients’ needs and assuring safe outcomes
  • taking accountability for your own work
  • accepting responsibility and being aware of professional boundaries
  • being trustworthy and showing leadership
  • taking a problem-solving approach to your practice
  • being committed to continuing professional development.


What to read before your interview

Relevant reading material to help you prepare for the interview includes these resources.


Cultural competence

Download the Pharmacy Council statement on Cultural Competence

Read Ministry of Health information on Māori health


Medicines and Misuse of Drugs legislation (Acts and Regulations)

Read the Medicines Regulations 1984

Read the Medicines Act 1981

Read the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975


Health practitioner and consumer legislation

Read the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act 2003

Read the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights

You could read the Health & Disability Services Pharmacy Services Standard NZS8134.7:2010

Download the Health Information Privacy Code


Pharmacy Council standards and guidance

Download the Pharmacy Council Competence Standards

Download the Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics for Pharmacists

Download Social Media and the Pharmacy Profession


Prescribing and pharmacy procedures

Search the PHARMAC Pharmaceutical Schedule

Download the Community Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Procedures Manual

Download the Methadone Service Dispensing Protocol

Download the Clozapine Dispensing Services Protocol

Read about the Needle Exchange programme