How many pharmacists have been found to be non-compliant with Board registration standards?
In 2017/18, AHPRA audited 7,193 practitioners across all 15 regulated health professions.
During an audit, a practitioner is required to provide evidence in support of the declarations they made in their previous year’s registration renewal application.
Pharmacists are ticking all the boxes, with 0.0% of those audited found non-compliant with one or more standard.
Meanwhile 97.2% were found to be fully compliant with registration standards.
The remaining 2.8% were practitioners who had changed registration type to non-practising or surrendered their registration after being advised that they were subject to audit.
“Audits provide assurance that practitioners are meeting the registration requirements for their profession,” says the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
“The Board acknowledges the results of the audit as an indication that pharmacists understand and are meeting their obligations outlined in registration standards.”
The Board says it has adopted an educational approach to conducting audits, seeking to balance the protection of the public with the use of appropriate regulatory force to manage those practitioners found to be less than fully compliant with the audited standards.