Time is almost up for registration renewals, and there are new photo ID requirements, the Pharmacy Board says
The Pharmacy Board of Australia has issued a reminder that those who did not renew their registration by 30 November, that they are now in the late renewal period and have until 31 December to apply.
Applications received in December will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee.
Anyone who does not apply to renew their registration by 31 December 2019 will have lapsed registration. They will be removed from the national online register and they will not be able to practise in Australia.
A ‘fast-track’ application can be made, but only in January 2020, and the pharmacist cannot practise until it is processed and the national register is updated, which can take time.
Practitioners who apply after 1 January must lodge a new application for registration.
Pharmacists who apply to renew during the late renewal period can still practise even if:
- we are still processing their application to renew, and/or
- the registration expiry date displayed on the register has passed.
New identity requirement
In another new development, AHPRA is also advising of “an important change in how photographic identity documents need to be certified when submitting these with an application for registration”.
AHPRA is now requiring authorised officers to write or stamp: ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.’
“This is a new requirement by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission when obtaining criminal history checks,” the Pharmacy Board said in its communique. “The wording is different to the wording usually used by an authorised officer when certifying copies of an original, especially Justices of the Peace”.
There is a guide now available on the AHPRA website: ‘Certifying Documents: Instructions for applicants and authorised officers’.
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