Accreditation system
Accreditation system

Project purpose

The Pharmacy Council is responsible for accrediting education providers to ensure their programmes support the delivery of safe and competent health practitioners.

Previously, accreditation was undertaken by an external accreditation provider based in Australia. To give greater effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and enable greater insight into the accreditation process, the Council is developing an accreditation system more specific to Aotearoa New Zealand settings.

This project involves developing and implementing new, contemporary, and evidence-informed accreditation standards and processes.


Work plan

 Pre-implementation work has included:

  • Investigating contemporary and evidence-informed accreditation models and practices.
  • Meeting with the current education providers to determine accreditation requirements of providers to inform the approach to developing the accreditation standards and processes.
  • Working with independent experts in accreditation, education, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and cultural safety to develop the work plan and working drafts versions of accreditation standards and guidance documentation.
Timing Key Activities Status
October 2021 to February 2022

Initial scope and planning phase
Environmental scan

March 2022 to September 2022 Engagement with education providers and key stakeholders Underway
June 2022 – October 2022 Establish Accreditation Working and Advisory Group to provide independent expert advice Underway
March 2022 – December 2022 Consultation drafts of standards and guidance documents In development


NB: Timelines may be subject to change


Independent Accreditation Expert Working and Advisory Group

As part of the Council’s commitment to the development of evidence-informed and high-quality regulatory tools, we will establish an independent Accreditation Expert Working and Advisory Group.

Members of the group will be selected by a panel comprising Council staff, independent experts, and members of the Māori Advisory Group.