Intern assessment update

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The Pharmacy Board of Australia and the Australian Pharmacy Council have announced an update on the assessment of pharmacy interns against the revised competency standards

The two organisations jointly announced how the revised National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2016 will be implemented in the assessment of pharmacy interns.

The Board and APC have agreed that all pharmacy intern written and oral examinations conducted from 1 January 2019, as part of the Board’s registration examination, will be based on the revised competency standards.

Until then, the 2010 competencies will continue to be the basis for the pharmacy intern written and oral examinations.

The two organisations say this is to ensure natural justice and procedural fairness to all interns who start the internship process during 2018.

The APC is also providing separate advice to ITP providers, including that all ITP and workplace-based assessments in 2018 can continue to be based on the 2010 competences to allow for a 12 month transition to activities and assessments based on the 2016 competencies from 1 January 2019.

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  1. D.Pharm

    One wonders if these revised National Competency Standards in 2019 are going to make it easier or more difficult for interns to get registered. With the plethora of current interns I have crossed paths with, one wonders how the examination officers actually communicated with some of these interns, let alone passed them.

    • pagophilus

      We should follow the way things are done in the Philippines. Not sure about pharmacists, but with their nurses the bar is set so high for the nursing board exam that only about a third of candidates pass at any given sitting. (That may help with the oversupply situation as well.)

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