What we do

Pharmacy Professionals

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc. (the Society) is the professional association representing
over 3,700 pharmacists from all sectors of pharmacy practice. We provide pharmacists with professional
support, representation, training for continuing professional development, integration frameworks tools, and
assistance to enable them to deliver to all New Zealanders the best pharmaceutical practice and
professional services in relation to medicines. The Society focuses on the important role pharmacists and
their teams have in medicines management and in the safe and quality use of medicines. The Society
strongly supports the five key strategic themes of the New Zealand Health Strategy and the implementation
of the Pharmacy Action Plan.

The Society's work on behalf of the profession is guided by six key objectives:

  • Strengthen the capability of pharmacists to provide high quality professional practice in the delivery of services.
  • Enable, cultivate and support innovation and medicines management in pharmacy practice.
  • Drive change to ensure pharmacists provide people-centred care across a wide range of practice settings.
  • Provide leading edge education and training for pharmacists, technicians, interns and other health professionals.
  • Develop leadership capabilities and ensure the workforce evolves to reflect future health professional requirements.
  • Promote the role of the pharmacist as the medicines expert in the healthcare team.

If you want to know more, you can read our Strategic Plan. 

Our member services below contribute to all of these objectives.


Future proofing the profession politically and enabling members to work in new, innovative and interesting ways.

The Intern Training Programme manages the future of the profession and the transition into the practice environment of over 200 interns each year.

Supporting members to actively manage their professional development to empower lifelong learning.
Current education and training to enable members to maintain their professional edge.  Continuing education linked to members' CPD and recertification requirements.  Specialised training and accreditation for specialised services, including MUR and MTA, as well as Trimethoprim, CPAMS and ECP.
Practical clinical and regulatory advice on the issues members face in their practice every day.  Help is just a phone call away.  Additional online tools, such as the Practice eHandbook, also contain a wealth of information.
Free online access to a range of clinical and medicines information resources, including reference databases, international journals and Pharmaceutical Press publications.
A patient focused health information programme developed by New Zealand pharmacists.  It reinforces the information and counselling offered to pharmacy customers and supports product sales in-store.  It includes fact cards on over 45 health conditions, a free display stand, and an online inPHARMation training programme for all pharmacists and pharmacy staff.