To register as a pharmacist in New Zealand, an applicant must have
the prerequisite qualifications in pharmacy and fulfill all the
requirements laid out in the Pharmacy Act 1970 and Pharmacy Regulations
All applicants must meet the Competence Standards for Pharmacists at
the Pharmacist level as defined by the Pharmaceutical Society of New
Zealand before entry to the register.
The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is the statutory body for
registration of pharmacists.
Any person who holds a pharmacy
qualification from, and current registration in, an overseas country,
and wishes to practice as a pharmacist in New Zealand must apply to
register as a pharmacist under Section 13 of the Pharmacy Act 1970.
In assessing your competence to practice in New Zealand the Council
of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand will consider each
application individually, and the Councilís decisions will be confirmed
in writing. There are 6 steps involved
- Step 1: Preliminary Application
- Step 2: Assessment of Qualifications and Work Experience
- Step 3: Oral Presentation of Evidence
- Step 4: 26 Week Pre-registration Program
- Step 5: Pharmacy Law & Ethics Examination
- Step 6: Pre-registration Assessment
If you are from Australia, you can skip some of
the procedural work.