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Accuracy Checking for Dispensing Assistants

The Accuracy Checking Course for Dispensing Assistants allows an appropriate skill-mix that will enhance the pharmaceutical care of the patient and utilise the knowledge and skills of the dispensing assistants more effectively. The scope of the course is to train dispensers to carry out the final check of listed dispensed items clinically approved by a pharmacist. It does not encompass aseptic dispensing, self checking or pre-packing. The framework is dependent upon Standard Operating Procedures being in place (for accuracy checking which define the scope of what both a learner and fully qualified Accuracy Checking Dispensing Assistant can and cannot check against a clinically screened prescription).

Course Details
Online Course Cost
£150 (Exc VAT)
12 Months

Entry Criteria

A recommendation to enrol from your employer, an NVQ2 in Pharmacy Services (or equivalent), a minimum of 2 years dispensing experience and an allocated work based facilitator

Please note: If you leave your workplace during the course we may have to withdraw you if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the course.

Following a short correspondence course the learner needs to complete a log of 1000 items which have been checked by the learner and then further checked by a designated facilitator who can be a checking technician or a pharmacist. This must be returned to Buttercups Training together with a reflective log of any errors made. The facilitator must complete a minimum of two reviews of the learner's progress.

On successful completion you will begin your probationary period. Up until the probationary period all your checking will have been subject to a further check. At the beginning of the probationary period your checking should continue to be double checked, but over the two week period the extent of this should decline so that eventually you will assume full responsibility for the checking of any listed dispensed items.

Our re-accreditation statement is included in the course and should be sent in two years following certification.


Your qualification must be re-accredited every 2 years. You and your facilitator must complete the re-accreditation statement included in your course and forward this to Buttercups Training along with your CPD portfolio and reflective log of checking errors from the past two years (re-accreditation fee £36.00).

Please note the workbook has been updated with new requirements in line with the re-validation for pharmacy professionals. From the 1st June 2018 you should use the workbook available below.

Re-accreditation Workbook from 1st June 2018

We are continuing to take a pragmatic approach to re-accreditation for Accuracy Checking Dispensing Assistants that have been impacted by COVID. For those re-accrediting before 31st May, we will be able to accept fewer re-accreditation activities due to COVID. You will not need to submit any planned or unplanned CPD records, unless a checking error has occurred during this period.

If you have collected CPD over the two-year period, feel free to document this as usual.

Please note that you will still be required to complete and submit a reflective CPD account(s) for any checking error(s) which occur during your revalidation period.

Full re-accreditation requirements for ACDA's to be reinstated from 1st October 2022

In 2020 re-accreditation requirements were eased ACDA's to submit just one reflective account for their re-accreditation applications. This was implemented to reduce the pressures on pharmacy staff during the pandemic as they worked hard to protect patients and the public

In line with the GPhC's revalidation requirements for Pharmacy Technician's, notification that as of 01.10.22 full re-accreditation requirements will be reinstated for ACDA's when submitting their re-accreditation application.

See pages 31 & 32 of the application for a checklist of what must be included.

Course Content

Different types of prescriptions, details required and types of prescribers

This section examines the common causes of dispensing errors

Here you will learn about the psychological reasons that cause errors to occur

This studies the importance of monitoring errors and using risk management models to identify the potential for errors

You'll look at the standard operating procedures that ensure the accuracy of the dispensing and checking process