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

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

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

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

Applications are currently CLOSED

If you applied for our Cohort 13 intake, your PACT programme pharmacists will be in contact with you. 

If you would like to be notified when applications for Cohort 14 open, please fill out this expression of interest form to be contacted. 

Cohort 13 Training Details 

Workshops will be on; 

  • Monday 26th of September - Technicians
  • Tuesday 27th of September - PACT Preceptors

If they can’t attend the in-person workshop training on those dates, you will need to consider applying for the next cohort. 

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 here

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 to know how these changes going to affect you - as a technician, an employer or pharmacy owner, you can learn more here. 

How it all began

The PACT Pilot Project