Code of Ethics

About the Code

PSA’s Code of Ethics for Pharmacists (the ‘Code’) articulates the values of the pharmacy profession and expected standards of ethical behaviour of pharmacists towards individuals, the community and society. The Code underpins the professional practice of all pharmacists in Australia.


The Code undergoes periodic review to ensure it is consistent with the ethical requirements of contemporary pharmacist practice and reflects the expectations of Australian healthcare consumers.


The current Code was released in 2017, and has been endorsed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.


The Code comprises seven principles aligned to three ethical values pertinent to professionalism: Care, Integrity and Competency. Each principle is supported by a number of obligations that articulate the behaviours that encompass these values in pharmacy practice.

Ethics advisory service

PSA’s ethics advisory service is free and confidential.

  • Do you have an ethical dilemma?
  • Are you experiencing problems, or are you confused about issues in your professional practice?
  • Are you uncertain if a matter is notifiable?


PSA has set up the first ethics advisory service for its pharmacist members. This free service is designed to help and support pharmacists facing ethical dilemmas in their professional practice.


It operates alongside existing services provided by other organisations, details of which are below.


The service:

  • is open to all PSA members
  • is based on PSA’s Code of Ethics for Pharmacists, which has been endorsed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • is completely confidential
  • can accept inquiries or complaints on a wide range of ethical issues
  • provides tailored advice, so cannot accept anonymous inquiries or complaints
  • is provided by an expert Ethics Advisory Panel. All inquiries are deidentified prior to submission to the panel.
Other organisations and services


The following organisations provide services for their members: