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Board warns again that the registration renewal closing date is looming

Pharmacists have until the 30 November to renew their registration, the Pharmacy Board of Australia says.

The Board has issued the reminder in its latest communique, issued this week (12 November).

“By now, pharmacists have received an email reminding them to renew their registration,” the Board said in the communique, which advised that the “quickest and easiest way” to renew is online.

“Pharmacists whose application for general registration is received on time or during the following one-month late period can continue practising while their application is processed,” the Board said.

Applications received in December will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee.

Pharmacists who do not apply to renew their general registration by 31 December 2020 will have lapsed registration. They will be removed from the national register and will not be able to practise in Australia, the Board warned.

While the Board reiterated that it would not take action this year against pharmacists who could not meet their CPD requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it said they “strongly encouraged” pharmacists to meet recency of practice and CPD requirements.

“Pharmacists are expected to comply with their professional obligations including to recognise and work within the limits of their competence and scope of practice and to maintain adequate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care”.

Go here for more information on registration, CPD requirements and the Board’s COVID-19 Financial Hardship Plan, available for practitioners experiencing “genuine financial hardship” due to COVID-19.

“If you meet the criteria, you will be eligible to pay half your registration fee now and make a second payment in the first half of 2021,” the Board said.


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