Frequently Asked Questions

The Pharmacy Board of Australia revised Standard and Guidelines on Professional Development came into effect on 1 December 2015. The Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions advise:

  1. The revised CPD standard still requires pharmacists to undertake 40 CPD credits per CPD period, but it introduces a new requirement that every pharmacist plans their CPD. The CPD guidelines state that every pharmacist should develop a CPD plan which helps them to identify and undertake activities to meet their professional development needs.
  2. Pharmacists are reminded of their obligation to maintain competency in the two universal domains of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2010 endorsed by the Board – Domain 1 Professional and ethical practice and Domain 2 Communication, collaboration and self-management.
  3. From 1 December 2015, you are no longer permitted to claim up to two Group 2 CPD credits for preparation and maintenance of a learning/CPD plan.
  4. When non-accredited activities are considered, it is the pharmacist’s responsibility to assess potential activities for quality, suitability and relevance, and to determine whether these will address their individual professional development needs. Activities which are susceptible to commercial bias, such as sponsor-driven product detailing to pharmacists, are unlikely to be of sufficient quality to contribute towards meeting the requirements of the CPD registration standard.
  5. After a non-accredited CPD activity has been undertaken, you should consider whether/how the activity has impacted your practice (this should be documented on your CPD plan). If the activity did not address your CPD needs and will not impact your practice, it cannot be counted as CPD and contribute towards you meeting the requirements of the CPD standard.