Review of Schedule 8 of the Health Practitioners Act and the Pharmacy Premises Committee
Note:On 1 July 2012 provisions previously contained in Schedule 8 of the HPA were transferred to Schedule 7. References to Schedule 8 indicate considerations prior to 1 July 2012.
The implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) in the Northern Territory (NT) on 1 July 2010 required amendment to the Health Practitioners Act 2004 (HPA). While NRAS adopted the responsibility for health practitioners, including pharmacists, pharmacy premises and ownership controls remained the responsibility of the NT. For the NT these controls were contained in Schedule 8 of the HPA. The Pharmacy Premises Committee (Committee) was established to administer these controls.
Government appointed an independent consultant, Mr Edward Tilton, to review Schedule 8 of the HPA and the functions of the Committee (Tilton Review). The review has been completed and considered by the NT Government.
The Tilton Review report and the Department of Health (DoH) response are available below.
Feedback is invited on the Tilton Review recommendations and the DoH response. Please provide all comments to the Committee Registrar by 2 August 2013. Contact details are provided below.
- Report on the Review of Schedule 8 of the Health Practitioners Act and the Pharmacy Premises Committee (The Tilton Report 2011) (Adobe PDF document - 919KB) | DOCX (250KB)
- NT Department of Health Response to the Tilton Report (Adobe PDF document - 111KB) | DOCX (62KB)
Review of Premises Standards for Northern Territory Pharmacy Businesses
The Pharmacy Premises Committee (Committee) is currently reviewing the premises standards for Northern Territory (NT) pharmacy businesses. This is to ensure that NT pharmacies are appropriately structured to support the delivery of high quality pharmacy services and to allow, where possible, consistency with requirements in other jurisdictions.
The draft standards currently under consideration by the Committee are available below. The Committee welcomes all feedback on the proposed standards. Feedback can be provided to the Pharmacy Premises Committee Registrar. Contact details are provided below. All feedback must be received by 19 July 2013.
About the Committee
The Committee is established under Part 2A of the Health Practioners Act (the Act)
Functions of the Committee
- To administer Schedule 7 of the Act
- To monitor and investigate compliance with Schedule 7 and
- To prosecute offences against Schedule 7
- To advise the Minister on matters relating to the administration and enforcement of Schedule 7
- Other functions imposed by this or another Act
Membership of the Committee
Members are appointed by the Minister for Health. The Pharmacy Committee consists of 4 members. 3 must be persons who are pharmacists able to assist the Committee in performing its functions; and one must be a person who:
- (i) is not a pharmacist; and
- (ii) is able to represent the interests of patients and consumers of pharmacy services.
Pharmacy Premises Standards
The following standards have been reviewed and endorsed by the Pharmacy Premises Committee.
|Ownership of Pharmacy (Adobe PDF document - 49KB) | DOCX (25KB)||February 2012|
|Mandatory Equipment for Pharmacy Businesses (Adobe PDF document - 77KB) | DOCX (28KB)||May 2013|
The Pharmacy Premises Committee endorses the following Pharmacy Board of Australia premises related guidelines for NT pharmacy businesses and services.
|Automated Dose Packaging Systems||March 2012|
The Pharmacy Premises Committee endorses the following Therapeutic Goods Administration Code of Practice as applying to Northern Territory pharmacy businesses and services.
|Code of Practice||Date|
|Australian Code of Good Wholesaling Practice for Medicines in Schedules 2, 3, 4 and 8||4 June 2012|
Pharmacy Premises Self Assessment Form
The following assessment form has been developed to assess the compliance of Northern Territory pharmacy business and pharmacy service premises with the requirements of Schedule 7 of the Health Practitioners Act.
|Pharmacy Premises Self Assessment Form (Adobe PDF document - 114KB)||February 2012|
Complaints to the Pharmacy Premises Committee can be made using the form below. Additional information on the complaints management process can be found in the complaint guide below.
|Complaint Guide: Schedule 7 Health Practitioners Act 2004 Northern Territory Provisions (28KB)||October 2012|
|Complaint Form: Schedule 7 Health Practitioners Act 2004 Northern Territory Provisions (25KB)||February 2012|
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