06 Oct 2021
Pharmacists have until 30 November 2021 to renew their general or non-practising registration.
Look out for an email from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) providing access to online renewal. You’re encouraged to renew early to avoid delays – it might save you a call to Ahpra during the busy renewal period!
Ready to renew?
Read the renewal FAQs on the Ahpra website for helpful tips and more information on what you need to do to renew.
We cover common questions on professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice, continuing professional development, and what to do if you have a change in your criminal history or health impairments you need to tell us about.
Embedding cultural safety in the ways we work
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy aims to make patient safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples the norm. We strive to embed cultural safety in the ways we work within the National Scheme too.
From 2021, you’ll be asked if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander when you renew your registration. This will help us continue to develop culturally safe ways of working.
Renewal is now online only with changes to payment options
We’ve moved to online only for general and non-practising registration renewal. Over 99% of health practitioners already renew online, it’s the quickest and easiest way to renew.
Renewal fees can be paid by credit/debit card. If you do not have a credit/debit card you can purchase a pre-paid debit card from various retail outlets for a nominal fee. BPay is no longer available for any profession.
Advertising declaration and audit
Proactive advertising audits have now started. If you are renewing your general registration, you’ll be asked to declare that, if you are advertising health services, your advertising complies with Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law) advertising requirements.
This is part of a risk-based approach to enforcing the National Law’s advertising requirements and compliance by registered health practitioners who advertise their services. This approach includes auditing health practitioners to check advertising compliance.
What if I can’t meet the CPD requirements because of COVID-19?
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (Board) expects you to make reasonable efforts to complete your required CPD. However, we understand that some pharmacists may have had trouble fully meeting CPD, particularly any face to face requirements, due to the impacts of COVID-19. Continuing professional development is important as it helps maintain competence and supports safe and effective care.
The Board will not take action if you have not been able to complete CPD for the 2020 – 21 registration period due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 and you declare on your renewal of general registration application that you have not met the CPD Registration standard.
It’s important that you answer all questions honestly and accurately when completing your registration renewal and declare that you have not met the CPD requirements if that is the case. If you declare that you did not meet the CPD Registration standard the Board may request evidence in the future of what you have done to address any identified gaps in your CPD learning needs such as any interactive or face to face CPD requirements.
Given the importance of CPD and the increasing availability of flexible and COVID-safe CPD options, you will be expected to fully meet CPD requirements in future and when renewing in 2022.
There are many flexible-delivery and COVID safe options for CPD and interactive CPD can be completed virtually. COVID-related learning activities can be counted towards CPD.
If you have not met the CPD requirements due to the impacts of COVID-19 you should update your CPD plan to explain how you will address any resulting learning needs, such as any face to face or interactive requirements, in the next registration period. The Board expects you to access any such training requirements as soon as you are able e.g. by scheduling face to face requirements when available.
The online register of practitioners is updated every day making it the safest way for pharmacists, employers and the public to check registration status.