Most pharmacists in breach of new CPD rule

The vast majority of Australian pharmacists appear to be in breach of new rules that require them to develop a CPD plan.

The new Pharmacy Board rules stipulate that every registered pharmacist must develop a plan to map their development needs and the activities needed to achieve them.

The board can audit compliance and pharmacists found without a plan may face sanctions.

Australian College of Pharmacy general manager Jenny Bergin says many pharmacists are confused about the new rules.

“We are getting an increasing number of calls,” she says. Pharmacists are asking if they need a plan and what they need to do.

“There are approximately 26,700 (general registration) pharmacists. We estimate that around 24,000 do not have a CPD plan at this time.”