On 31 May 2017, the revised National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2016 (the 2016 Competency Standards) was released. PSA has revised its CPD accreditation application and supporting documentation to reflect the 2016 Competency Standards. The 2016 Competency Standards are available under Reference material. The 2010 Competency Standards will remain available for use during a transition period.
Under the auspices of the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), PSA may accredit continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists.
The accreditation of CPD activities provides an assurance to pharmacists that an activity has been reviewed for its educational quality and relevance to a pharmacist’s practice.
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CPD providers’ responsibilities
CPD providers have a responsibility to:
- Ensure their activity meets the standards for accreditation
- Promote and deliver the activity appropriately
- Maintain and submit records of participation
- Submit an evaluation summary
- Maintain suitable records for activity audit.
A CPD provider cannot advertise their activity as accredited until they receive their final notification letter. They can however advertise as “seeking accreditation” or “currently applying for accreditation”.
The accreditation process
It can take up to 4 weeks (or 2 weeks with fast track) to process an application, provided all documentation is complete and the activity meets the APC Accreditation Standards. The following documents must be submitted with your application:
- Completed application form
- Copies of ALL CPD Presenter/Author Briefs (signed by author/speaker)
- Author bio/CV
- Copies of FINAL presentations/articles complete with learning objectives and competencies
- Copies of ALL assessment mechanisms e.g. multiple choice questions
- Copy of evaluation form.
Additional materials required for 2 or 3 day activities:
- Completed PSA CPD accreditation conference form
- Copy of final program.