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Professional Practice Standards version 4

Professional standards allow the pharmacy profession to qualitatively and quantitatively measure the commitment to providing high quality, reliable health care services and products.

The Professional Practice Standards document can be viewed or downloaded from the link below. There are bookmarks within the  document to each standard and appendix.

There is also a self-assessment worksheet for the standards.

The 18 standards and 13 appendices are:


  • Professional Practice Standards Introduction
  • Standard 1: Fundamental Pharmacy Practice
  • Standard 2: Managing Pharmacy Practice
  • Standard 3: Counselling
  • Standard 4: Medication Review
  • Standard 5: Dispensing
  • Standard 6: Indirect Pharmacy Services
  • Standard 7: Dose Administration Aids Service
  • Standard 8: Services to Residential Care Facilities
  • Standard 9: Continuity of Care through Medication Liaison Services
  • Standard 10: Compounding (also known as Extemporaneous Dispensing
  • Standard 11: Compounding Sterile Preparations
  • Standard 12: Provision of Non-prescription Medicines and Therapeutic Devices
  • Standard 13: Health Promotion
  • Standard 14: Medicines Information Centres
  • Standard 15: Pharmacy Services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services
  • Standard 16: Screening and Risk Assessment
  • Standard 17: Disease State Management
  • Standard 18: Harm Minimisation

Appendices and glossary

  • Appendix 1: The Medicines Management Pathway
  • Appendix 2: Quality Use of Medicines and Practice Improvement
  • Appendix 3: The Health Promotion Planning Cycle
  • Appendix 4: Adherence Assessment Tool
  • Appendix 5: Details of Local Health Care Providers
  • Appendix 6: Documenting Counselling Events and Interventions
  • Appendix 7: Indirect Supply Services: New Consumer Details/Change of Consumer Details Form
  • Appendix 8: Medicines that may be Considered Unsuitable for Indirect Supply
  • Appendix 9: Template Procedure for Consumer Admissions and Readmissions to Residential Care Facilities
  • Appendix 10: Screening Record and Referral Form
  • Appendix 11: Template Consumer Care Plan
  • Appendix 12: The History of the Professional Practice Standards
  • Appendix 13: Project Participants
  • Professional Practice Standards Glossary

Professional Practice Standards v4 2010 (1.1 MiB) Acrobat (pdf) file

Self-assessment worksheet for the Professional Practice Standards (216.8 KiB)

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