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					                Registration as a
                 Pharmacist in
                 New Zealand

               Information booklet for
                  overseas qualified
            Non-Recognised Equivalent
                 Qualifications Route
             (non-REQR)* pharmacists



       Website:        www.pharmacycouncil.org.nz
       Email:          enquiries@pharmacycouncil.org.nz


       Contact Address:                Pharmacy Council
                                       PO Box 25 137
                                       Wellington 6146
                                       New Zealand


* Non-REQR does not include pharmacists qualified and registered in
  Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

                                                               Updated: March 2009




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                          Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
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                     Registration as a Pharmacist in New Zealand

Contents Page


Summary of Costs for Registration Process                                               Page 3


Pharmacy Practice in New Zealand – an overview                                          Page 4


Step 1      Application for Initial Consideration of Registration                       Page 6


            English Requirements                                                        Page 8


What does Equivalence to a Current New Zealand BPharm mean?                             Page 10


Step 2      APEC Stage 1 Screening Examination                                          Page 12


Step 3      Registration in Intern Scope of Practice                                    Page 15

            Steps 3-5 are provided by the Pharmaceutical Society of New
            Zealand Incorporated
            26 weeks or full year EVOLVE Intern Training Programme


Step 4      Pharmacy Law and Ethics Examination                                         Page 17


Step 5      Preregistration Assessment                                                  Page 17


Supplementary Information                                                               Page 18


Initial Enquiries and the Commencement of your Application                              Page 19


IELTS Exemption Application Form                                                        Page 20


Form P002 – Application for Registration as a Pharmacist                                Page 21
           (Overseas-Qualified Non-REQR Pharmacists)
           and Statutory Declaration of Identity



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Summary of Costs for Registration Process
As at 1 March 2007

                                                           GST Incl              GST Excl (not
                                                                                 resident in NZ)
                                                           $                     $

Step 1 for an overseas pharmacist resident in NZ           675.00                600.00


Step 2 – APEC Screening Examination                        1,250.00              1111.11


Step 3 – Application for Registration                      202.50


Annual Practising Certificate (APC) (Intern)               365.00


Steps 4 & 6 – Preregistration Programme &
              assessment – set by PSNZ (Inc)
              see p.16


Step 5 – Law examination                                   695.00


Step 5 – Law workshop                                      1200.00 *


* Please note that this workshop is not compulsory but is strongly recommended.

Additional Fees (where applicable)
                                                           GST Incl              GST Excl (not
                                                                                 resident in NZ)
                                                           $                     $

English Language exemption                                 125.00                111.11



All costs are noted in New Zealand Dollars and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax
(GST). If the applicant is resident overseas at the time of his/her application no GST is
payable.


IN NEW ZEALAND




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Pharmacy Practice in New Zealand – an overview
The Pharmacy Council of New Zealand is the statutory registration body for all
pharmacists. The Council‟s sole mandate is public safety. It has no wider advocacy role nor
any focus on professional support and development.
The Pharmacy Council came into existence on 18 September 2003 after Parliament passed
the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act). For a 12-month transition
period it operated with limited functions, in tandem with the Pharmaceutical Society of New
Zealand (PSNZ), which was established under the Pharmacy Act 1970. PSNZ ceased to
exist on 18 September 2004 when the Pharmacy Council assumed its full responsibilities.
The Council‟s functions are to:
    Prescribe qualifications required for scopes of practice within pharmacy and, for that
      purpose, accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of
      studies or programmes.
    Authorise the registration of pharmacists.
    Consider applications for Annual Practising Certificates.
    Review and promote the competence of pharmacists.
    Recognise, accredit and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of
      pharmacists.
    Receive and act on information about the competence of pharmacists.
    Liaise with other authorities appointed under the HPCA Act about matters of common
      interest.
    Set standards of clinical and cultural competence and ethical conduct.
    Promote education and training in the profession.
    Promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the Pharmacy Council.

In New Zealand there is a strong focus on primary health care and clinical pharmacy.
Pharmacy in New Zealand
The pharmacy profession in New Zealand employs pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and
pharmacy assistants. All have specialised roles. They work in either a community pharmacy,
a hospital pharmacy or in the pharmaceutical industry.
The community pharmacist dispenses prescriptions and sells pharmacy-related products, as
well as providing advice and counselling on the maintenance of good health.
All the major hospitals and some of the smaller hospitals in New Zealand have a pharmacy
department which looks after the pharmaceutical needs of patients in the care of the hospital.
The pharmacy also provides information on drugs and medicines to doctors and nurses and
makes specialised medicines for particular patients. Hospital pharmacists have a number of
roles in developing guidelines and monitoring patients, and many hold post-graduate
qualifications in pharmacy and clinical pharmacy.
The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for the synthesis and research of new medicines,
and the production and marketing of proven medicines to the public. Opportunities in
research and development are limited in New Zealand as most of this is carried out
overseas, however there are very limited opportunities for pharmacists working in
formulation, product information and marketing. Registration as a pharmacist is not required
in order to work in much of the pharmaceutical industry.



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Pharmacists are also employed in publishing, the Ministry of Health and other government
agencies.
A pharmacist must have gained a Bachelor of Pharmacy (a 4 year degree), and
successfully completed the EVOLVE Intern Training Programme of the Pharmaceutical
Society of New Zealand Incorporated (PSNZ (Inc)) which includes practical training and be
registered as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Council. Pharmacists are the link between
doctor and patient. Pharmacists dispense medicines and advise people how, and when, to
take their medicines for maximum effect; how to reduce side effects, and how to use
specialised devices such as inhalers, syringes and nebulisers.
Pharmacists must be registered with the Pharmacy Council of NZ and hold an Annual
Practising Certificate (APC) to practise pharmacy.
Pharmacy technicians work in community pharmacies and pharmacy departments in
hospitals. They are also employed in the national prescription payment office,
pharmaceutical companies and pharmaceutical wholesalers. Dispensary and pharmacy
technicians assist pharmacists with the dispensing of prescription medicines and must
always work under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist. The current certificate is
the National Certificate in Pharmacy (Technician) (Level 5) which is a registered qualification
of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The Pharmacy Industry Training
Organisation (PITO) is responsible for the development of the technician qualification and
its registration with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
PITO also runs an assessment only programme suitable for overseas trained pharmacists
and technicians. This enables them to work as a pharmacy technician whilst enrolled in and
working towards the National Certificate in Pharmacy (Technician). In order to be eligible for
this programme, you must have a Work Permit and have signed an Employment Agreement
with your employer.
There are three providers accredited for the delivery of the National Certificate in Pharmacy
(Technician). Auckland University of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic have a full
time one year course for the technician certificate. The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
(TOPNZ) provides a distance learning programme for students working in pharmacy.
Anyone who is interested in working or training as a technician should contact Tina Meyer,
Administration Assistant at the Pharmacy Industry Training Organisation, Pharmacy House,
PO Box 11 640, Wellington. Phone 04 802 0030, email: tina@pito.org.nz
Pharmacy assistants work with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in community
pharmacies. Although not involved in the dispensing of medicines pharmacy assistants are
generally the first point of contact for pharmacy customers. You can work as a pharmacy
assistant without any special qualifications because most pharmacies provide training on the
job and many cosmetic houses and pharmaceutical companies provide short training
courses for pharmacy staff.
The qualification for pharmacy assistants is the National Certificate in Pharmacy (Assistant)
(Level 3) registered on the National Qualifications Authority Framework. The Bay of Plenty
Polytechnic, Academy Group and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) all provide full time
programmes for the assistant certificate and the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (TOPNZ)
provides a distance teaching course for pharmacy assistants who are in employment.
Students in TOPNZ are expected to take about three years to complete the certificate.
Enrolment is open – students can start and finish at any time during the year.
For more information contact the institutions direct or Tina Meyer, Administrative Assistant at
the Pharmacy Industry Training Organisation, Pharmacy House, PO Box 11 640, Wellington,
phone 04 802 0030 or email: tina@pito.org.nz



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STEP 1
Application for Initial Consideration of Registration
PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Step 1 is a requirement for all overseas pharmacists wishing
to register in New Zealand. If you elect to undertake further study at a New Zealand
University without completing Step1, your future registration status may be jeopardised.
Please also read the Supplementary Information as on page 18 of this booklet.

If your original documents are not in English you are required to obtain an officially
certified English translation. All documents must be supported by a Statutory
Declaration to the effect that they are genuine and relate to you.

The following must be submitted to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand before your
application will be considered:
   A certified copy of the examination results of your pharmacy qualification. This must be
    provided directly to the Pharmacy Council from the institution where you gained your
    pharmacy qualification. Any applicants who graduated since 1 January 2006 must have
    completed a degree of minimum 4 years duration.
   A certified copy of your current certificate of registration from the registration authority or
    body where you first obtained your pharmacy qualification and where you first registered
    as a pharmacist. This must be provided directly to the Pharmacy Council from your
    registration authority or body. NOTE: You must maintain registration with your own
    registration authority or body until you are granted registration in New Zealand.
   Statement(s) of Good Standing from each registration or licensing authority where you
    have been registered or licensed to practise as a pharmacist. These must be dated within
    six months of your application and must be provided directly to the Pharmacy Council
    from your registration authority or body.

Please also submit:

   A curriculum vitae giving details of the place you obtained your pharmacy qualification/s,
    the name of your pharmacy qualification/s, the number of years taken to complete them
    and details of relevant work experience and current employment.
   Two references from an employer and/or a professional colleague who has known you
    for at least 12 months within the last 5 years and can attest to your clinical practice. The
    references should include your role and responsibilities, degree of interaction with
    patients and “other health professionals”, your ability to translate theoretical knowledge
    into practice ensuring safe outcomes for patients e.g. history taking, assessment and
    evaluation of medicines, decision making and communication of medicines and related
    information. The employer or professional colleague must supply their name, position and
    full contact details. All references must be an original letterhead and signed.
   The original copy of the Test Report of the International English Language Testing
    System (IELTS), or the original copy of the Occupational English Test (OET), or a
    completed IELTS/OET exemption form (see „English Requirements‟ on page 7-9 for
    additional information, and page 20 for the IELTS/OET exemption application form.)
   Documented evidence of change of name, where this is applicable.
   Evidence of your application to register as a pharmacist in any other country and the
    outcome of your application.
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   Completed Form P002 Application for Registration as a Pharmacist (Overseas Qualified
    Non-REQR Pharmacists) and Statutory Declaration of Identity.
   Two copies of a recent passport type photograph bearing on the back:
      (a) The statement “This is a true likeness and signature of {name}”
      (b) Your usual signature
      (c) Certification of (a) & (b) by the same person who certified your statutory declaration
          of identity.
      (d) NZ$675.00 if resident in New Zealand or NZ$600.00 if resident overseas at time of
          application. This covers consideration of your application and is non-refundable.

Preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test
IELTS Academic Category
The examination has four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
    The Reading Module takes 60 minutes. There are 3 reading passages with tasks.
    The Listening Module takes around 30 minutes. Candidates listen to a recording and
     then answer written questions on the recorded piece.
    The Writing Module takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks to complete. The first task
     requires candidates to write 150 word report describing and explaining data. The
     second task requires candidates to write 250 word essay discussing an issue.
    The Speaking Module takes between 11 and 14 minutes and consists of an oral
     interview between the candidate and an examiner.
The IELTS website www.ielts.org provides:
    A list of testing centres around the world.
    Details on the test format.
    Online specimen test material.
If you want to prepare for the test, many IELTS test centres and language schools offer
IELTS preparation courses and sample questions. There are also other publications
available from bookshops or direct from the publishers which familiarise candidates with the
format and style of the test (see www.ielts.org then „format‟ then „the preparation‟)

Preparation for the Occupational English Test (OET)
The OET assesses the English language proficiency of candidates seeking admittance to the
medical and other health professions.
It assesses listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
       The Listening module requires a candidate to listen to a tape recording of 2 health
        related issues and answer questions.
       The Reading module requires a candidate to read 2 articles and health related issues
        and answer questions.
The OET website www.oet.com.au provides:
     Test dates for the year.
     Registration and contact details.




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English Requirements
Section 16(b) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that you
may not be registered as a health practitioner of a health profession unless you satisfy the
responsible authority you have sufficient ability to comprehend and communicate effectively
in English to ensure safe practice.
The Pharmacy Council adopted the following policy and exemption criteria in July 2005.

Policy for IELTS certificate requirements for overseas registered pharmacists applying
for registration as a pharmacist in New Zealand.
All overseas registered pharmacist applicants applying for registration as a pharmacist in
New Zealand must produce an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) certificate, no more than two years old, with no less than 7 in each of the four bands
(listening, speaking, reading and writing) and a minimum overall band score of 7.5. Results
from previous IELTS tests obtained within one year of subsequent tests will be deemed
acceptable if the applicant does not achieve all of the required results at one sitting. This
must be produced at Step 1 of the application process.

Policy for OET requirements for overseas registered pharmacists applying for
registration as a pharmacist in New Zealand.
An „A‟ or „B‟ score in all four components of the (OET) Occupational English Test, achieved
within two years of the application will be accepted. Results from previous OET tests will be
deemed acceptable providing the results from all four components are achieved within a two
year period. This must be produced at Step 1 of the application process.

Policy for Exemption Criteria Requirements for overseas registered pharmacists
applying for registration as a pharmacist in New Zealand.

An applicant may be exempted from passing an IELTS or an OET test if he or she provides
evidence satisfactory to the Council for the following criteria:
   English is an official language of your country (refer CIA – The World Fact Book
    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/). The Council only recognises countries
    listed on this website as having English as a first language*.
   Evidence of completion of an undergraduate pharmacy degree for which the sole
    language of instruction and assessment was English.
   Written testimonies on letterhead and signed by an employer of the applicant‟s
    continuous work in a pharmacy where English is the prime language for a period of at
    least 2 years within the previous 5 years immediately prior to application.
   Written signed evidence on letterhead from at least two suitably experienced pharmacists
    who speak English as a first language of the applicant‟s ability to comprehend and
    communicate effectively in English (both written and oral) in a clinical setting with both
    patients and professional colleagues. Referees will be contacted directly by Council and
    their testimonies will be evaluated against the relevant elements of the Pharmacy Council
    of NZ Competence Standards.

* First language (native language, mother tongue or vernacular) is defined as the language a person learns first,
usually from their family. One can have two (or more) native languages, thus being a native bilingual. The order in
which these languages are learnt is not necessarily the order of proficiency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_language.




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Element 1.6 Communicate Effectively
1.6.1 Speaks clear English
Examples of Evidence:
        Speaks English equivalent to at least overall band 7.5 on the Academic Skills Category of the
        International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Note: A fluent English speaker with full operational command of the language is equivalent to an
IELTS band 9 – this describes most university graduates, born & raised in New Zealand.


1.6.2 Writes clear English
Examples of Evidence:
       Writes English of a standard expected of a professional practitioner, e.g. correct grammar
       & spelling, structures & presents written information in appropriate way for situation & meets
       needs of the receiver (e.g. faxes, emails, prescription annotations, letters, memos, referrals
       & appraisals).
1.6.3 Communicates effectively with others
Examples of Evidence:
        Communicates effectively with others (pharmacy staff, colleagues, other health professionals,
        patients & other members of the public)
        Listens actively
        Asks questions that fit the situation
        Provides advice, information & recommendations.


Applicants applying for an exemption must submit all the following:
1. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate pharmacy degree where English was the sole
language of instruction and assessment.
2. Written signed evidence from an employer of the applicant‟s continuous work in pharmacy
where English is the first and prime language for a period of at least 2 years within the
previous 5 years,
3. Written signed testimonies from at least two suitably experienced pharmacists who speak
English as a first language who can attest to the applicant‟s ability to comprehend and
communicate effectively in English (both written and oral) in a clinical setting with both
patients and professional colleagues. Referees will be contacted directly by Council.
4. A signed statement agreeing that if he/she is accepted under these criteria and is
subsequently found by a preceptor, other healthcare professional or member of the public to
be not communicating in English to an acceptable standard, he/she will accept the decision
of the Pharmacy Council as to him/her remaining eligible to register as a pharmacist in New
Zealand.
5. Application received on the appropriate form and accompanied by a fee of $NZ125.00 if
resident in New Zealand or NZ$111.11 if resident overseas at the time of your application for
verification and processing.

An IELTS Exemption Form is included on page 19 of this booklet. Incomplete forms will not
be processed and will be returned to the applicant for completion.




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What Does Equivalence to a Current NZ BPharm Mean?
An overseas pharmacist seeking registration in New Zealand must display a body of
knowledge and skills in the following areas:

1) Pharmacy Practice – the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of a pharmacist.
   The key provisions of the law with regard to pharmacy, including the sale and supply of
   medicines; the role of a pharmacist as a health professional, including the promotion of
   health and the prevention of disease; the standards required for professional conduct and
   communication with patients and other professionals.


2) Pharmacology – principles of the preparation, properties, uses and actions of drugs,
   including the effects of drugs in the body (respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, the
   cardiovascular systems, and the central and autonomic nervous systems), poisoning, drug
   absorption, excretion and elimination, drug development and analysis.


3) Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics – a knowledge of the movement of drugs
   after administration as the drugs travel through the body (absorption, distribution,
   metabolism and excretion), including the application of basic pharmacokinetics to the
   clinical situation; dose regimen design, assessment and therapeutic drug monitoring.


4) Pharmaceutics – the physical and chemical properties of materials used in designing
   medicinal dosage formulation, manufacture, quality control and assurance of sterile and
   non-sterile products.


5) Disease and Drug Therapy (Pharmacotherapy) – information and problem solving on
   common human diseases/conditions (pathophysiology), current pharmacotherapy and
   evidence-based medicine.


6) OTC (Over-the-counter) Dispensing and Counselling – primary healthcare advice and
   product selection.


7) Medicine Information – the retrieval and critical appraisal of medicine and health
   information using the latest search techniques.


8) Communication


The APEC Stage One Screening Examination assesses most of these areas of knowledge
and skills. Other areas are assessed by the Intern Training Programme.




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Checklist for Step 1
Have You Provided?                                                                          
Proof of current registration
– sent from applicant‟s registration board directly to the Pharmacy Council
Statement of Good Standing
– sent from applicant‟s registration board directly to the Pharmacy Council
Certified copy of academic record
– sent from university directly to the Pharmacy Council
Proof of successful completion of your pharmacy degree
– sent from university directly to the Pharmacy Council
IELTS/OET Certificate at required level
or IELTS/OET Exemption Form and fee of NZ$125.00 if resident in NZ or
NZ$111.11 if resident overseas at the time of your application
CV of pharmacist qualification/s, place of study, length of programme, relevant work
experience and current employment
Two references from an employer and/or professional colleague who has known the
applicant for at least 12 months within the last 5 years and can attest to the
applicant‟s clinical practice
Documented evidence of change of name (if applicable)
Evidence of your application to register as a pharmacist in any other country and the
outcome of your application
Completed Application Form P002
2 certified photographs
Evidence of immigration status (if required)
Conviction notice(s), details of professional conduct issues (if required)
Relevant medical reports (if required)
Fee NZ$675.00 if resident in NZ or NZ$600.00 if resident overseas at the time of
your application

What Happens Now?
All of the documentation for Step 1 will be reviewed and authenticated by the Council. If all of
the requirements for Step 1 have been met you will be invited to sit the APEC Stage 1
Screening Examination.
Time Limit
From the date of application for consideration of eligibility for registration as a pharmacist in
New Zealand you have three months to provide all of the documents for Step 1. If the time
is exceeded, a further fee may be charged.
DO NOT SEND ANY DOCUMENTATION OTHER THAN DETAILED IN STEP 1 ABOVE.
You may not proceed to sitting the Screening Examination until you have received
confirmation that you have completed all the requirements for your preliminary application.
The necessary forms for Step 2, including an application form for the Screening Examination
will be sent to you with confirmation that you may proceed with this Step.

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STEP 2
APEC Stage I Examination
If your application for initial consideration for registration as a pharmacist in New Zealand is
accepted you will receive notification in writing from the Council that you have completed
Step 1 of the non-REQR process.
If your application is declined, you will be informed of the reasons for this in writing by the
Council. You may be given a further opportunity to reapply in the future if the Council decides
this is appropriate. Any declined applications will not receive a refund in fees.

An overseas pharmacist seeking registration in New Zealand must display a body of
knowledge and skills deemed equivalent to the New Zealand B.Pharm qualification. Once
you have had Step 1 confirmed, you will be eligible to sit the Step 2 Assessment which is
the APEC Examination. As a member of the Council of Registering Authorities of Australia
and New Zealand (COPRA) the Pharmacy Council of NZ uses the same examination as the
Australian authorities.

The APEC Stage I Examination is held twice a year in March and September.
For 2007 and 2008 the closing dates for acceptance of applications are 1 December for
March sessions and 15 June for September sessions. Applicants must successfully
complete all of the requirements for Step 1 prior to these deadlines.
Candidates who are eligible to sit the APEC Examination will be advised of the venue, date,
times and any other requirements by the APEC examination administrator based in Australia.

Refunds and deferrals policy for APEC exam

Prior to the closing date of exam entries as advised above, a pharmacist who has submitted
an application to sit the APEC exam may change the date they wish to sit the exam or
request that their application form and fee be returned to them.

After the exam closing date, a candidate may not defer their sitting until a later date under
any circumstances. In exceptional circumstances (eg ill health), a candidate may apply for a
refund if they withdraw from the exam after the closing date for entries and before the actual
exam date. In these special circumstances, 50% of the total exam fee is refundable.

Screening Examination Content and Design
The APEC Stage I Examination is in a multiple choice question (MCQ) format.
It is designed to test the candidate‟s knowledge of the basic sciences related to the present
day practice of pharmacy in New Zealand.
The examination consists of two MCQ papers covering theory and practice. Both papers
consist of 100 questions and are of two hours duration. The examination is held over two
consecutive days. In the event a candidate passes one paper only they will have to re-sit the
paper in which they were unsuccessful at a future date.
The examination covers the subject areas outlined below.

Subject Areas
This guide is intended to assist candidates preparing for the Examination. It is not
necessarily all-inclusive of topics which may be covered.


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The references recommended in the reading lists are suggestions to assist revision. There
should be NO expectation that the examinations will be specifically based on these, or any
other, texts.

PAPER 1
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
      Organic Chemistry: nomenclature, drug class recognition, reaction types, functional
       group reactivity, drug stability, acid base reactions, chelation agents.
      Stereochemistry: nomenclature, optical activity, geometric isomerism, conformation.
      Physical Chemistry: kinetics, acid base reactions, phase equilibria, radio chemistry.
      Analytical Chemistry: spectroscopy, redox reactions, assay techniques, diagnostic
       agents.
      Biochemistry: nomenclature, structures, biochemical classes, thermodynamics,
       biochemical pathways.
      Medicinal chemistry: structure activity relationships, drug presentation and delivery,
       drug formulation and stability, drug metabolism, mechanism of drug action, modern
       drug development, and absorption, distribution and elimination of drugs.
Pharmacology and Physiology
      Pharmacology: principles of drug action, drug interactions, receptor pharmacology,
       autonomic transmission, endocrine pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology,
       anti-inflammatory agents and analgesics, antibiotics, diuretics, local and general
       anaesthetics, vitamins, drugs affecting nutritional and metabolic function, drugs
       affecting the central nervous system.
      Chemotherapy: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal, anthelmintic and
       anticancer drugs.
      Toxicology: common side effects and signs of toxicity.
      Pathophysiology: alteration of physiological processes by drugs or disease states.
      General Physiology: central nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous,
       respiratory, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems and their integration; blood
       and other body fluids.

PAPER 2
Pharmaceutics
      Physical pharmacy:      solvents,   types of     preparation, solutions,       suspensions,
       emulsions.
      Biopharmaceutics: dissolution, drug absorption, bioavailability and bioequivalence,
       drug interactions with a biopharmaceutical basis.
      Pharmacokinetics: biological half-life, elimination rate constants, apparent volume of
       distribution, clearance, steady state considerations, drug protein binding, relevant
       calculations.
      Pharmaceutical    microbiology:     preservation,   antimicrobial    agents,      sterilisation
       technology.
      Formulation: formulation of drugs for various routes of administration, parenteral dose
       forms, controlled release preparations, evaluation of particular dose forms.

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Therapeutics
      Calculations: dilutions, percentages, densities, sensitivity of balance, proportions,
       isotonicity, milliequivalents/milliosmoles, buffers, dose calculations from body weight
       or surface area, stability.
      Posology: appropriate dosages and dosage regimens of common medications.
      Prescriptions: adverse reactions, common contra-indications and indications, drug
       interactions, patient counselling and advice.
      Surgical dressings, appliances and drug delivery systems.
      Over-the-counter(OTC) medications: non-prescription prescribing, diagnosis of minor
       illness, rational OTC product selection, OTC drug information.
      Clinical pharmacy and therapeutics: problem solving, drug management of disease
       states, clinical relevance of biochemical parameters.

Suggested reading lists, sample questions and information on the examination can be
found in detail on the APEC Site – see http://www.apec.asn.au/APEC_stageone.html


General Information
The examinations are conducted under strict supervision and are available in a number of
countries throughout the world.
The candidate should take a non-programmable, battery-operated, pocket calculator (without
an alphabet keyboard) into the examination. Mobile phones and written material, including
dictionaries, handbooks etc., will not be allowed into the examination room.
The candidate should attempt all questions. Marks will not be deducted for incorrect
answers.

Pass Mark
The pass mark for each paper at each session of the examination is adjusted to reflect the
relative difficulty of those questions included in the particular examination paper. This data is
derived from trial testing the questions on practising Australasian pharmacists and students.
In addition to achieving the overall pass mark, each candidate is also required to achieve a
satisfactory standard in each of the four areas covered in Paper 1 and Paper 2.
In the event a candidate passes one paper only, they will only have to re-sit the paper in
which they were unsuccessful at any future attempt.

Validity Periods
Candidates who achieve a pass in only one paper of the Screening Examination will have a
two year period in which to pass the second paper and therefore the Screening Examination.
If both papers are not passed in that two year period then the candidate will be required to
re-sit both papers of the examination.

Number of Attempts
Candidates will be allowed UNLIMITED attempts to successfully pass the Screening
Examination.

Application Form
Candidates will be forwarded a Screening Examination application form on completion of
Step One.
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Results
Candidates will be advised in writing of their results approximately eight weeks after the date
of the examination. Results will not be given by telephone, fax or email.

Successful candidates may be invited to apply to enter the intern training programme.




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STEP 3
Registration in the Intern Scope of Practice
The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, (the statute under which the
Pharmacy Council operates) requires each health profession to describe what its
practitioners do. This is called a Scope of Practice.

The Council has set and described two scopes of practice for pharmacists.
These scopes cover:
    The pharmacist
    The intern pharmacist

When a practitioner is first registered, he or she must be registered in a “scope”. This is why
all intern pharmacists are now required to be registered with the Pharmacy Council. When
you have completed Step 2 you will need to register in the Intern Scope of Practice.

Intern Scope of Practice
The Intern Pharmacist must always practise under the supervision of a registered practising
pharmacist. The Intern Pharmacist Scope of Practice describes all the services which every
intern pharmacist must demonstrate competence in prior to registration as a Pharmacist.
The practice of pharmacy includes the custody, preparation and dispensing of medicines and
pharmaceutical products; the provision of advice on health and well-being, including health
screening, and the selection and provision of non-prescription medicine therapies and
therapeutic aids. The intern pharmacist, practising under the supervision of a practising
registered pharmacist, acts as a medicines manager, ensuring safe and quality use of
medicines and optimising health outcomes by contributing to the selection, prescribing,
monitoring and evaluation of medicine therapy. The intern pharmacist researches information
and provides evidence-based advice and recommendations on medicines and medicine-
related health problems to patients, their carers and other healthcare professionals.
The intern pharmacist is an integral part of the healthcare team.

Annual Practising Certificates (APCs)
To practise as a pharmacist you are now required to be both registered and to hold an
Annual Practising Certificate (APC).
The law does not permit you to practise as a pharmacist without an APC. Practising without
being registered and holding an APC is an offence. Note that the term “practise” includes any
of the tasks and roles described in the scope (see above).
From 2006, all practising pharmacists are required to demonstrate that they are keeping up-
to-date and competent. All practising pharmacists must enroll in a recertification programme
that shows they are undertaking learning that is relevant to their area of practice.

Practising pharmacists include those in direct patient care roles (i.e. community
pharmacists, hospital pharmacists) AND those involved in teaching, advising, research,
policy development and management, given that such roles influence clinical practice and
public safety.
Registered pharmacists who are not practising can remain on the non-practising register for
a minimal fee and continue to call themselves pharmacists. They must not engage in the
practice of pharmacy unless they transfer to the practising register and hold an Annual
Practising Certificate.


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STEPS 3, 4 & 5
Intern Training
Once you have successfully passed the APEC Stage 1 Screening Examination, you will be
deemed as at least equivalent to a current NZ BPharm. This means that you would have met
the qualifications for practice in the Scope of Practice of an intern pharmacist and you will be
invited to register as an Intern Pharmacist in order to undertake the EVOLVE Intern
Programme.

The Programme was accredited by the Pharmacy Council in June 2004 and is provided by
the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Incorporated (PSNZ Inc). PSNZ (Inc) is the
voluntary professional support body. The Pharmacy Council will liaise closely with PSNZ
(Inc) and you will be directed to contact PSNZ (Inc) to enrol in the EVOLVE Intern
Programme.

Overseas qualified pharmacists enter the EVOLVE Intern Programme during the months of
either May or December of each year. In order to undertake your preregistration training you
must have a current work visa or have gained permanent residency or have New Zealand or
Australian citizenship. Please liaise closely with the New Zealand Immigration Service
regarding the lodging of an application for a work permit.

To enrol in the EVOLVE Intern Programme you must contact:
Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (Inc)
PO Box 11 640
Wellington
Phone: 802 0030

Note: The fee for the EVOLVE Intern Programme is set by PSNZ (Inc) on 1 January
      each year. The fee for 2007 was NZ$2945.00 (incl GST) for a New Zealand citizen
      and $3535 (inc GST) for other applicants.

TIMING:
You have 2 years from completion of Step 2 to register as an Intern and enrol in the
EVOLVE Intern Training Programme

You have 2 years to complete the Intern Training programme from the date you register as
an Intern

You are required to undertake supervised practice under an approved preceptor pharmacist
in an approved site for either a minimum of 26 weeks or the full year course of practical
training in an approved community or hospital pharmacy. If you have not completed one year
preregistration training and/or one year post registration in your country of registration prior to
coming to New Zealand you will be required to undertake the full year course of practical
training. Your supervising pharmacist (preceptor) must be trained in workplace assessment
and be approved as a preceptor by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand
Incorporated. During the 26 weeks or the full year course period or full time course you will
complete set assignments and be assessed by your preceptor to determine whether you are
competent to practise as a pharmacist in New Zealand.

The required level of competence is described in the NZ Competence Standards for
Pharmacists. This can be found on the Council‟s website – www.pharmacycouncil.org.nz

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Step 4
Law and Ethics Examination

The Pharmacy Law and Ethics examination is a requirement of the EVOLVE Intern Training
Programme. You will be notified as to when you are able to proceed with this Step.

If you are undertaking further study at one of the universities in New Zealand the law exam is
often included as part of the study requirement. If you have previously obtained a New
Zealand Bachelor of Pharmacy from either Auckland or Otago University you may be exempt
from this exam.

If you do not pass the exam you are allowed to resit one further time. Any further attempt will
only be allowed at the discretion of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.


Step 5
Assessment Centre
On completion of the EVOLVE Intern Training Programme you are required to attend and
complete an assessment centre which includes practice based scenarios and an interview.
The Assessment Centre is held in May and November of each year.

You may not attend an assessment centre until you have successfully completed Steps 3-4
(26 weeks or the full year course intern programme, the law and ethics examination and
have been assessed as competent in the workplace by your preceptor). If subsequent
assessment is required additional fees will be incurred.

If on the basis of all the preregistration assessments you are judged as competent against
the NZ Competence Standards for Pharmacists you will be eligible to apply for registration as
a pharmacist in New Zealand.


First Aid Certificate
As part of the preregistration process all interns are required to complete a First Aid
Certificate. Information on courses available is provided in the intern guide of the EVOLVE
Intern Training Programme folder which will be sent to you at the start of the 26 weeks or the
full year course training period.




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Supplementary Information
1. A certified copy is a document signed by a person having legal authority to certify a document
   to be a true and correct copy of the original document.
2. The Pharmacy Council of New Zealand reserves the right to terminate your application at any
   stage in the process.
3. All communication with the Pharmacy Council must be in writing.
4. All applications must be in writing; faxed applications will not be accepted.
5. Identification: Select the ethnicity or ethnicities you identify most with from the table.
     Ethnicity Description          Ethnicity Description         Ethnicity Description
     European (not defined)         Tongan                        Chinese
     New Zealand European/Pakeha    Niuean                        Indian
     Other European                 Tokelauan                     Other Asian
     New Zealand Maori              Fijian                        Middle Eastern
     Pacific Island (not defined)   Other Pacific Island Groups   Latin American/Hispanic
     Samoan                         Asian (not defined)           African (or cultural group of African origin)
     Cook Island Maori              Southeast Asian               Other
6. Mental and physical condition
   You are required to disclose any mental or physical condition and provide details of the illness,
   duration of treatment, name and contact details of treating practitioner for any condition that
   may affect your fitness to practice pharmacy.
7. Convictions
   Section 16 (c) of The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that no
   applicant for registration may be registered as a health practitioner of a health profession if he
   or she has been convicted by any court in New Zealand or elsewhere of any offence
   punishable by imprisonment for a term of 3 months or longer, and he or she does not satisfy
   the responsible authority that, having regard to all the circumstances, including the time that
   has elapsed since the conviction, the offence does not reflect adversely on his or her fitness to
   practice as a health practitioner of that profession.
    If you have been convicted of an offence in any court in New Zealand or other jurisdiction
    out of New Zealand you must provide a copy of your conviction history. You can obtain the
    form to request your information from your local district court or you may ask for the form to be
    sent to you by writing to:
    The Privacy Assistant
    Ministry of Justice
    National Office
    PO Box 2750
    Wellington
    If you have been convicted of any traffic offences in New Zealand please provide a copy of
    your traffic offence history as held by the Land Transport Safety Authority. Please contact:
    The Privacy Officer
    Land Transport Safety Authority
    Transport Registry Office
    Private Bag
    Palmerton North
8. Professional Conduct
   You must provide details of any professional disciplinary proceedings taken against you. This
   may include by any health registration body, licensing authority or Board of pharmacy.


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Initial Enquiries and the Commencement of your Application
Please contact the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand by mail, fax or email for initial enquiries. To
commence your application use the checklist for Step 1 (see page 10) to submit the required
documentation. An application form P002 and IELTS exemption form (if required) are attached to
this booklet.


Overseas Applications
Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
PO Box 25137
Level 2, Mobil on the Park
40 Johnston Street
Wellington 6040
New Zealand

Fax: 04 495 0331
Email: d.priest@pharmacycouncil.org.nz




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                  IELTS/OET Exemption Application Form
                                 (Non-REQR Registration Applicants)


Surname:

First Names:

Preferred First Name (If different from above) :

Contact address:




Contact email:

Contact phone number (if in New Zealand):


Evidence Submitted (please tick)                                                                      
Evidence of completion of an undergraduate pharmacy degree where English was the sole
language of instruction and assessment. English must be an official language of your
country for you to be able to apply under this.

Signed evidence on letterhead from an employer of the applicant‟s continuous work in
pharmacy where English is the first and prime language for a period of at least
2 years within the previous 5 years.

Written testimonies on letterhead from at least 2 suitably experienced pharmacists who speak
English as a first language and who can attest to the applicant‟s ability to comprehend and
communicate effectively in English (both written and oral) in a clinical setting with both patients
and professional colleagues. Referees will be contacted directly by Council.

NZ$125.00 fee if resident in New Zealand (or NZ$111.11 if resident overseas at the time of your
application). Cheques made payable to the Pharmacy Council of NZ.


Please read and sign the following statement:

I, ________________________________ , agree that if I am accepted under these exemption criteria and I
am subsequently found by a preceptor, other healthcare professional or member of the public to be not
communicating in English to an acceptable standard, that I will accept the decision of the Pharmacy Council
of new Zealand as to whether I remain eligible to register as a pharmacist in New Zealand.

Signed:                                                           Date:

This form and accompanying evidence must be submitted to Overseas Applications, Pharmacy
Council of New Zealand, PO Box 25137, Wellington, New Zealand.

Incomplete applications will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant for completion.



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                                                                                                            Attach 2 x
                                                                                                             certified
                                                                                                            passport
                                                                                                           photos here
                                                                                                            (Refer to
                                                                                                             Page 6)




                       APPLICATION FOR INITIAL CONSIDERATION
                         FOR REGISTRATION AS A PHARMACIST
                    (OVERSEAS-QUALIFIED NON-REQR PHARMACISTS)

Please read the following. It contains important information.

   All sections of this form are to be completed, and documentation and application fee attached,
    before sending to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

   The information on this form is to enable Council to consider whether you should be able to be
    entered on the pharmacist register, and, if so registered, to maintain a summary of your
    employment and registration details. This is personal information in terms of the Privacy Act
    1993 and you may therefore apply to view it at any time and correct it if necessary.

   If your application is approved and you are registered, items marked with ◘ will appear on the
    pharmacist register. These items will also be made available to the New Zealand Ministry of
    Health under a data provision agreement for the purposes of the Health Practitioners Index.

   The Pharmacist register is a public document. It also shows your registered scope of practice,
    any conditions on your scope, your practicing certificate details and any suspension from the
    register, including conditions relating to that suspension. If you do not wish your nominated
    address to appear in the pharmacist register you must notify the Council in writing.




Name of Applicant
Show given names from your passport or birth certificate.

◘Surname:                                                     ◘First name(s):

Other names(e.g. preferred name, unmarried name, name change, etc.):

If names differ from those on your pharmacy qualifications or passport, please tick box to show reason and enclose
proof of change of identity.
 marriage            deed poll       common use           other (explain)




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Address
Please make sure you clearly print in BLOCK letters in full.

Postal Address:



Telephone:                                    Fax:                               Mobile:

Email:

Residential Address (if different from Postal Address):




Identification

Birth place (town, country on your birth certificate/passport):

Birth date (day, month, year):

Ethnicity:                                                              Gender (please tick):       Male      Female
             (Refer to page 18 #6)

Language of mother tongue:



Immigration Status

Are you a New Zealand citizen? (please tick)            Yes      No

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, please indicate your present immigration status in New Zealand (please tick):

         Visitor             Work visa      Resident

         Please enclose evidence of your immigration status.

         Do you intend to reside and practise permanently in NZ? (please tick):            Yes    No



Qualifications

Pharmacy qualification obtained on completion of a pharmacist course e.g., BPharm; MPharm

Primary pharmacy qualification *

◘ Name of primary qualification:                                                           Abbreviation:

         Graduating university:                                                            Year graduated:
* Please note: Applicants who have graduated since 1 January 2006 must have a minimum four year degree..



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Pharmacy Registration Authority
Name of Registration Authority currently registered with:


Registration number:                                     Date of registration:      /       /
Names of any other Registration or Licensing Authorities you have held a licence to practise with in the past:




Fitness for Registration

English Language Requirements
Tick the situation that applies to you (Refer to page 7 & 8)
       I have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate, issued no more than two
        years ago, with at least 7 in each of the four bands and a minimum overall band score of 7.5. (Please enclose
        this certificate).
        OR
       I have an OET certificate issued no more than 2 years ago, with an A or B score in all four categories. (Please
        enclose this certificate).
        OR
        I am exempt from the IELTS requirements (Refer to page 8)

Mental and physical condition (see note #7 on page 18)
Have you ever been affected by a mental or physical condition
with the potential to affect your fitness to practise pharmacy? (please tick):       Yes No
         If yes, please provide full details on a separate sheet. Please detail neurological, psychiatric or addictive (drugs
         or alcohol) disorders (including physical deterioration due to injury, disease or degeneration). Include details of
         illness, duration of treatment, name and contact details of treating practitioner, involvement of university/
         pharmacy school.

Convictions (see note #8 on page 18)
Has any court in New Zealand or elsewhere convicted you of any offence? (please tick): Yes            No
         If yes, please provide a copy of your conviction history.

Professional Conduct (see note #9 on page 18)
Are you now (or have you previously been) the subject of an investigation by:
(a)      an employer, licensing body or professional organisation
(b)      the Health and Disability Commissioner (or an equivalent consumer protection body)
(c)      an educational institution
In respect of any matter that was, or may be,
the subject of a professional disciplinary proceedings? (please tick):     Yes     No

         If yes, please provide full details on a separate sheet. Include (if applicable) conditions on your
         registration/employment.



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Applicant’s Declaration

I,                                             ,                                     of
                  (full name)                            (occupation)                         (city of residence)

solemnly and sincerely declare I am the person named in the attached documents, and that the information I have given
above is true and correct.

I understand that the information that I have provided is to be used by the Pharmacy Council, for the purposes of
considering my application.

I declare that if I am accepted as meeting the Pharmacy Council English Language exemption policy and I am
subsequently found to be not communicating or comprehending at the required English level I will accept the decision of
the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand as to my eligibility to practice as a pharmacist in New Zealand.

I understand that the Pharmacy Council is authorised to obtain further information from me or any person or organisation
concerning this application under the New Zealand Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and consent
to the collection of such information by the Council.

I further understand that although the provision of any information by me is voluntary, if I refuse to provide any
information this may affect the Council’s consideration of my application.

I understand that I am entitled to access the information held by the Council regarding this application by a request in
writing and that I may request correction of any information which is not correct.

I am the person referred to in the documents which accompany this declaration, and that my signature appears on the
accompanying certified photograph.

I understand that under the New Zealand Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, my registration may be
cancelled if I make a false or misleading representation or declaration (whether oral or written) or I was not entitled to be
registered.

Applicant’s signature:                                                              Date:

Declared at                                    on this            day of                      in the year of

In the presence of:                                                        Title:

Signed in the presence of a Solicitor, Lawyer or Police Officer. If you are residing in New Zealand, a Justice of
the Peace can witness this declaration.
(The Solicitor, Lawyer, Police Officer or Justice of the Peace witnessing this signature must stamp this page with their
official stamp or attach their business card showing their identity and contact details.)


Fee Payable

NZ$675.00 (if resident in NZ at time of application) or NZ$600.00 (if resident overseas at time of application)

Cheque enclosed            Visa       MasterCard              Name on card:

Card number:                             
                          Expiry date:  
Cardholder’s signature:                                                    Date:

Document Checklist

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Please use the checklist below to make sure you have completed all sections of the application form and enclosed all
the documents and fees required, as incomplete applications will not be processed.

Please note, this application and supporting documentation must be received in hard copy.
Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
                                                                                                           
Application form, all sections completed                                                                   
2 certified passport photos                                                                                
Proof of change of identification (if applicable)                                                          
Evidence of immigration status (if required)                                                               
Conviction notice(s), details of professional conduct issues (if required)                                 
IELTS or OET certificate (or exemption documentation if applicable)                                        
Relevant medical reports (if required)                                                                     
A copy of your current CV                                                                                  
Two references from an employer and/or professional colleague who has known the applicant
for at least 12 months within the last 5 years and can attest to the applicant’s clinical practice         
Fee NZ$675.00 if resident in NZ or NZ$600.00 if resident overseas at time of application                   
To be provided direct from the Pharmacy Registration Authority:                                            
A certified copy of your certificate of registration for the current year                                  
A statement of good standing from your current Pharmacy registration Authority;                            
dated within 6 months of the date of this application.

To be provided direct from the Institution/University that you hold your initial pharmacy degree:          
A certified copy of your full academic record                                                              
Proof of successful completion of your pharmacy degree                                                     

Please note: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN ENGLISH, AND IF NOT ORIGINAL MUST BE CERTIFIED AS TRUE
AND CURRENT COPIES by a person having legal authority to certify a document to be a true and correct copy of the
original document.


Return completed application form with payment to:

         Pharmacy Council              Courier address:
         PO Box 25 137                 Level 2, 40 Johnston Street
         Wellington 6040               Wellington
         New Zealand                   New Zealand

         Telephone +64 4 495 0330




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