Registered pharmacists are required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) every year. 

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), defines continuing professional development as "how health practitioners maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives." Education to support a pharmacist's continuing professional development journey must be relevant to pharmacist practice, factually accurate, extensively researched, delivered free of bias. It must have a clear needs analysis supporting the development and add to the existing body of pharmacist education. In most circumstances, CPD activities do not include product oriented training or lists of product benefits.

Accrediting an educational activity enables education providers to offer CPD credits for the registered pharmacists undertaking the activity. The CPD credits offered can be attributed towards the 40 CPD credits to be accrued between 1 October and 30 September each year. Accreditation helps pharmacists to identify opportunities that best address their own continuing professional development plan.

As authorised by the Australian Pharmacy Council, the Australasian College of Pharmacy may accredit continuing professional development activities for pharmacists for recognition of continuing competence. Accreditation assures pharmacists that the activity has been reviewed for educational quality and relevance to practice.

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