The Pharmacy Guild is looking for feedback on the proposed revised draft of the Australian Standard for Quality Care Pharmacy.
The proposed draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard seeks to promote flexibility and innovation within pharmacy, and aims to ensure relevance for at least five years. The draft standard also seeks to align with key strategic focuses of the Australian Government and relevant health agencies.
It also seeks to outline the business framework required to operate a community pharmacy in Australia, the Guild says, and to recognise the diverse business models within community pharmacy, whilst promoting community safety and quality use of medicines.
The Guild says the draft standard is considered relevant for all community pharmacies within Australia, and is designed to be adaptable to all business models also promoting innovation within community pharmacy.
While it does not seek to override or replace existing regulations or industry specific guidelines, it does however form the framework to support accreditation systems for Australian Community Pharmacies.
The Guild is inviting feedback to support the increasing occurrence of complex compounding within community pharmacy. Therefore two draft standards have been proposed.
Option A – complex compounding is integrated into the draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard in recognition that pharmacies that undertake complex compounding need to consider this service in all aspects of their business model.
Option B – complex compounding forms a select section of the draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard in recognition of the specialist skills and service models required to provide complex compounding.
The Guild is requesting that individuals or organisations wishing to provide feedback complete an online survey.
The consultation period for feedback on both options will remain open until Monday 5 December, with all submissions considered on completion of the review.