Big changes to pharmacist code of ethics

Following a comprehensive review, the revised code has a renewed focus on patient-centred collaborative care

The PSA has released its revised Code of Ethics for Pharmacists, which it says has been endorsed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Described as “a key document that underpins the professional practice of all pharmacists in Australia”, the revised code has been issued following a comprehensive review process to ensure it reflected contemporary pharmacist practice.

Grant Kardachi, Chair of the Project Advisory Group, says the review has led to a number of significant changes to the code.

“A significant outcome of the review has been the alignment of the code’s seven principles to three ethical values pertinent to professionalism – Care, Integrity and Competency,” says Mr Kardachi.

“The revised code clearly articulates the behaviours and values expected in our profession.”

Structure of the code. Source: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

It also has a renewed focus on patient-centred collaborative care to “further enhance public trust in pharmacists”, says the PSA.

The pharmacist organisation is releasing a number of practice support tools to assist pharmacists with implementing the revised code in March this year.

It also encourages all pharmacies to “prominently display” a summary of the code in the workplace.

See the new code here.

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