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Standards, Guidelines and Resources

The VPA’s functions include to issue standards in relation to the operation of pharmacy businesses and registered premises. The VPA Standards must be met by licensees, pharmacies and pharmacy departments, and are supported by the VPA Guidelines.

Standards, Guidelines and Resources

The VPA’s functions include to issue standards in relation to the operation of pharmacy businesses and registered premises. The VPA Standards must be met by licensees, pharmacies and pharmacy departments, and are supported by the VPA Guidelines.

VPA Standards

The Victorian Pharmacy Authority Standards (“the Standards”) were published in the Government Gazette No. G 19 Thursday 12 May 2022 (see pages 2435-2440).

The Standards

  • have been approved by the Victorian Minister for Health;
  • commence on 12 May 2022; and
  • apply to all registered premises in Victoria, except where specifically excluded.

Licensees are responsible for meeting the Standards.

VPA Guidelines

The VPA Guidelines

  • represent the current policies of the Authority;
  • support the Standards and the requirements of the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010; and
  • should be read in conjunction with
    • the Standards
    • guidelines issued by the Pharmacy Board of Australia
    • standards and guidelines issued by pharmacy professional organisations

 

VPA Guidelines

Resources: 

VPA Self-Audit Form

https://pharmacy.vic.gov.au/self-audit-form/

Other self-audit forms

  1. Pharmacy services self-audit tool: immunisation site readiness (Victorian Department of Health) https://www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/pharmacy-services-self-audit-tool-immunisation-site-readiness
  2. Pharmacotherapy self-assessment - for pharmacists providing ORT (Victorian Department of Health) https://www.health.vic.gov.au/publications/pharmacotherapy-self-assessment-for-pharmacists-providing-ort

Managing Schedule 8 Poisons - a Reference Guide for Pharmacists

https://pharmacy.vic.gov.au/managing-schedule-8-poisons-a-reference-guide-for-pharmacists/

Stolen Prescriptions

https://pharmacy.vic.gov.au/stolen-prescriptions/

Pharmacy Board of Australia Codes, Guidelines and Policies

 

Review of pharmacy business licence application and renewal processes

In December 2016, the Authority commissioned PharmConsult to conduct an external review of its licence application and renewal processes. The objective of the review was to ensure that these processes are adequate to determine compliance with the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010.

A copy of the Final Report of the PharmConsult Review published on 31 August 2017 is available:

Review published on 31 August 2017
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