Relevant Legislation

Element 1 Action 2 of the QCPP Requirements Manual requires pharmacies to comply with all legislative requirements for operating a pharmacy. Outlined below is the legislation referenced in the PSA's National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2010. This is a non-definitive list of legislation that may affect pharmacy operations and pharmacies need to consider and comply with other legislation including state/territory specific legislation that may have relevance to the individual circumstances of one’s own pharmacy.

Legislation referred to in the National Competency Standards includes the latest editions and amendments of:

  • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009
  • State/Territory legislation controlling the conduct of pharmacists and approval of pharmacies
  • State/Territory legislation controlling medicines, drugs, poisons and controlled substances
  • National Health Act 1953
  • The Commonwealth Privacy Act and relevant State/Territory privacy legislation
  • The Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulations
  • Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation controlling health care
  • Disability and equal opportunity legislation

Depending on the roles and responsibilities they have, pharmacists will also have compliance obligation under relevant sections of the Occupational Health, Industrial Relations and Trade Practices legislation.


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