Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technicians (PACT)

A certified PACT has a different role to that of a pharmacy technician. As well as their Level 5 qualification, a  PACT has successfully completed the PACT Training Programme to be able to competently undertake the final accuracy check on a dispensed item that has been clinically approved by a registered practising pharmacist who holds an APC with no conditions.

This means a pharmacist will not be required to undertake the final check of the majority of dispensed items.

See what PACTs and their employers have to say about the benefits of being or having a PACT


Changes from 16 May 2022

PSNZ has been working and collaborating with Medsafe and the Pharmacy Council of NZ to review and update the PACT governance, operational and training frameworks, with the outcome that from 16 May 2022, PSNZ will administer and manage the governance, operations and training for PACTs in New Zealand.

If you would like more information about these Frameworks, please see our “About the PACT Programme” section below

How are these changes going to affect you - as a technician, an employer or pharmacy owner?

Want to become a PACT?

BEFORE 16 May 2022
AFTER 16 May 2022

You had to be a New Zealand resident

Any pharmacy technician, who is eligible to work in NZ AND who meets all other criteria, may apply to enter the PACT programme.

No evidence of Medsafe audit results for the pharmacy had to be provided

Evidence of a successfully completed Medsafe Audit must be provided for the pharmacy where training will occur

You are a PACT in training

BEFORE 16 May 2022
AFTER 16 May 2022

The probationary period could not commence until the amended pharmacy licence, listing the PACT as a responsible person, had been issued by Medsafe.

The Probationary Period may be commenced immediately, once PACT training has been completed and the certificate issued

Start for the Probationary Period was dependent on receiving the amended pharmacy licence.

The Probationary Period must be commenced within one month of completion of the PACT training programme.

You are a Certified PACT

BEFORE 16 May 2022
AFTER 16 May 2022

A PACT could only work at one pharmacy site, where they were named as a Responsible Person on the individual Pharmacy Licence.

A PACT may now work across multiple sites providing each pharmacy meets the criteria as described in the PACT Framework.

Amended Licence and PACT listed as a Responsible Person for new place of employment.

PACT must notify PSNZ if they change employment to allow PSNZ to confirm pharmacy requirements have been met.

Mandatory that when there are transfers between pharmacies the PACT undergoes a period of probation of 3 months.

PACT must complete the PSNZ PACT transfer course

Recertification reporting requirements were quarterly

Recertification reporting requirements are now annual on 01 April each year.

No Recertification verification required

A pharmacist listed on the licence as a Responsible Person is now required to verify the PACT’s annual recertification declaration. This pharmacist will confirm and declare they are listed as a responsible person when verifying.

You are a PACT Preceptor

BEFORE 16 May 2022
AFTER 16 May 2022

You could only supervise your PACT trainee.

You could not concurrently supervise the training of any other staff.

You may also concurrently supervise a trainee technician.

(Only a trainee technician, not another PACT trainee or an intern)

You are an employer or pharmacy manager

BEFORE 16 May 2022
AFTER 16 May 2022

Medsafe to be notified if the pharmacy employed a PACT

No notification to Medsafe required. PSNZ to be notified to confirm compliance with pharmacy requirements.

PACT role was enabled through an additional operating condition on the Licence to Operate Pharmacy.

Any pharmacy that holds a valid licence to operate may employ a PACT providing:

  1. There are no conditions on the licence that restrict PACT activities on the premises, and
  2. All requirements of the PACT Framework are met

PACT had to be listed as a Responsible Person on the Pharmacy Licence

PACT no longer needs to be listed as a Responsible Person on the Pharmacy Licence

PACT could only work at one pharmacy site, where they were named as a Responsible Person on the individual Pharmacy Licence.

PACT may now work across multiple sites providing each pharmacy meets the criteria as described in the PACT Framework.

No verification of PACT recertification by a Responsible Person was required.

A pharmacist listed on the licence as a Responsible Person is now required to verify the PACT’s annual recertification declaration. This pharmacist will confirm and declare they are listed as a responsible person when verifying.


BECOMING A PACT

PACT TRAINING PROGRAMME

The PACT Training Programme is available through College, Education and Training at PSNZ and is available is for pharmacy technicians who have a recognised NZ Level 5 Pharmacy Technician qualification (or demonstrated equivalence), a minimum of 2 years post-qualification work experience and a minimum of six months dispensing experience in their current dispensary. 


The cost of the PACT training programme is $1645.00 (including GST). Travel arrangements to the in-person workshop are additional. 

If you would like more information about what it means to become, or employ a PACT, please see our “About the PACT Programme” section below .


APPLICATIONS 

Applications for the programme open 2-3 times per year, with a limit of 20 Technicians per cohort.

Applications are currently CLOSED 

If you would like to be considered for the next cohort of PACT, please complete our expression of interest form, and you will be notified once applications have opened. 


ABOUT THE PACT PROGRAMME

Got some questions?

Go to our FAQs page where you will find the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

The Frameworks

The PACT programme is administered by PSNZ using the  New Zealand Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technicians (PACT)
Governance, Operational and Training Frameworks. This document is in three sections:

  1. New Zealand PACT Governance Framework (May 2022)
  2. New Zealand PACT Operational Framework (May 2022)
  3. New Zealand PACT Training  Framework (May 2022)

See more about this document and the three sections here

How it all began

The PACT Pilot Project