New Zealand Pharmacy Legislation

This course is to introduce overseas qualified pharmacists to the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of pharmacists in the New Zealand health care environment.

July - October, 2024


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Course outline

During this course ten modules will be delivered online over 12 weeks. The modules will introduce students to why regulations for medicines exist and what protections they afford. They will also provide opportunities to explore the legal, ethical and professional obligations in situations reflecting practice. Each of the modules will draw upon and focus on three overarching themes: medicines, pharmacist and patient.

Each module requires the successful completion of a number of activities, including discussion threads, self assessable activities and the completion of a quiz. You are required to successfully complete all components of the course including the module activities in order to pass the course.

Candidates will sit a final assessment (100%) in week 12 of the programme.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, a pharmacist will be able to:

  • Understand the rationale, importance and purpose of regulations that impact on pharmacy practice in New Zealand
  • Understand how to read and interpret Codes, Acts and Regulations as they pertain to New Zealand pharmacy practice
  • Identify the Acts, Regulations and Codes that relate to New Zealand pharmacy practice
  • Understand and explain the relationship between relevant sections of the Codes, Acts and Regulations and pharmacy practice in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of:
    • Ethical principles and values of the profession that underpin the Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics
    • Legal and ethical framework within which the profession operates
    • The professional Code of Ethics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional standards and ethical and professional responsibilities as they relate to the New Zealand pharmacy environment.



  • July 29th - October 18th 2024
  • $2400.00 incl. GST
  • Online Course
  • Presented by Sanya Ram