Pharmacy Board responds to CPD plan uproar

Several announcements and newsletters have been sent to warn pharmacists about the changes since October 2015, it says

With the end of the CPD period looming, many pharmacists have been complaining that they were not aware of the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s new requirement to complete a CPD plan.

However, a spokesperson from the Pharmacy Board and AHPRA points out that the Board announced the changes in October and December last year.

Newsletters were also sent directly to registered pharmacists in December 2015, March 2016 and June 2016 that went into detail about the changes, he says.

“The revised registration standards and CPD guidelines followed a rigorous public consultation process seeking the views of practitioners,” says the spokesperson.

“The Board has also previously published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.”

Submissions were received from The Australian Pharmacy Council, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia among others.

Pharmacists need to create a CPD plan or have their application considered by a Board Committee for not meeting their requirements.

“If at the time of renewal a pharmacist hasn’t met the requirements of the revised registration standard for continuing professional development, they would need to declare this on their application,” says the spokesperson.

“The application would then be considered by the Board’s Registration and Examinations Committee.”

Making your plan

The PSA has developed and made available a range of tools and other resources regarding CPD planning.

It is rolling out a series of workshops across Australia to explain to members, and non-members, the process of developing a personal CPD Plan using the CPD Planning Tool.

And to help pharmacists prepare for the requirements the Board is also hosting a free webinar on continuing CPD on 15 September.

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