Pharmacy vaccination standards released

Doctor making insulin or flu vaccination shot by syringe to a young woman

The Australian Pharmacy Council has drafted the Standards for the Accreditation of Programs to Support Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines 2014, which were released for public consultation in July 2014.

It has determined that the best process for accreditation would be through the existing CPD accreditation process, including all established monitoring requirements.

The Standards will be provided to the CPD accrediting organisations for their use in the CPD activity accreditation process.

The Standards aim to define measurable attributes that vaccinations programs must demonstrate.

They are the Standards against which activities may be assessed to ensure that pharmacists receive complete, current education and training to a defined Standard in this area of practice; and that assessment of each pharmacist’s competence, is valid, reliable, flexible and fair.

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has advised that it supports the application of the Standards as a suitable pathway for accreditation of vaccination training programs for pharmacists.

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