02 Sep 2015
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board) has released revised guidelines that provide guidance to the profession on a range of issues.
Pharmacists are urged to read the revised guidelines published today:
The guidelines were subject to wide-ranging consultation and will take effect on 7 December 2015. They have been published now so pharmacists can become familiar with their content before implementation.
Board Chair William Kelly said obvious changes included renaming the titles of guidelines to better reflect content, and restructuring of some of the guidelines for ease of reading.
‘Pharmacists are expected to review the new guidelines and familiarise themselves with all changes to ensure they comply in their practice from 7 December,’ Mr Kelly said.
Under section 41 of the National Law1, Board guidelines can be used in disciplinary proceedings under the National Law or law of a co-regulatory jurisdiction, as evidence of what constitutes appropriate professional conduct or practice for pharmacists.
When considering notifications (complaints) against pharmacists, the Board may give consideration to whether a breach to Board guidelines has taken place.
Some of the changes to the guidelines include:
The revised guidelines are available in the Codes and guidelines section of this website.
1The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).