The PDL reminds pharmacists that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) renewal of registration is due by the end of this month.
The national pharmacy body reminds pharmacists of this obligation because every year it is contacted by a few pharmacists who haven’t renewed their registration.
PDL is aware that AHPRA puts out a reminder to pharmacists about their registration renewal but underscores the onus is on the pharmacist to ensure they renew their registration.
If the renewal is not completed in the renewal window and the pharmacist is therefore not registered, they must immediately stop all work until such time as renewal can be completed.
This results in staffing issues, an explanation to AHPRA about the reason for practising while not registered, a reapplication for registration and potential delays while the application is assessed and finalised.
PDL recommends that pharmacists and pharmacy owners have a process of annually updating pharmacist registration records at the beginning of December to ensure this situation is prevented.