SAQA All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Issue, dispatch and receive returned specified scheduled medicines in a distribution centre 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256556  Issue, dispatch and receive returned specified scheduled medicines in a distribution centre 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pharmacy 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Curative Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is designed for individuals who are working in a distribution environment according to the scope of practice regulations. It enables pharmacist's assistants to issue specified scheduled medicines or substances from a prescription or order and supply it to the authorised practitioner or pharmacist under the supervision of a pharmacist. The importance of accurate recording and documentation is also explained. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.

    The Unit standards:
  • ID 256497: Receive, count and store pharmacy stock.
  • ID 256479: Monitor, handle and dispatch pharmacy stock. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Confirm the prescription or order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The prescription or order is checked to ensure that it has been placed by an authorised person and meets all legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations relating to prescription and/or order referred to the pharmacist for instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Authorisation is obtained from the pharmacist to proceed with the order. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare the product according to prescription or order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Medication or scheduled products are selected according to organisational procedures under the direct supervision of the pharmacist. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Remaining medication or product on hand is counted and the register is balanced according to organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Registers are balanced and recorded according to instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare the products for delivery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Duly authorised products are placed in the appropriate sealed containers according to the organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Forms and documents are prepared according to legal requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate forms and documents include delivery notes, invoices, export documentation and permits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sealed packs are appropriately labelled and identified to enable tracking. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Handle returned and/or unusable products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal requirements relating to the handling and destruction of unusable scheduled products are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Products which are no longer usable or which have been returned are brought to the attention of the pharmacist. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Products which require destruction are isolated according to organisational policy to prevent accidental use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate documents and registers are completed according to organisational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Place orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal requirements relating to placement of orders for specified and schedule 6 drugs are explained as they pertain to the pharmacist's assistant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Orders for specified and schedule 6 drugs are placed according to legal and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate documents are completed according to organisational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be accredited and allocated by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    An understanding of the concepts:
  • Authorisation.
  • Specified and schedule 6 medicines.
  • Generic substitution. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others in a team.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Confirm the prescription or order.
  • Prepare the products for delivery.
  • Place orders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Prepare the product according to prescription or order.
  • Handle returned and/or unusable product. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
  • Legislation requires Schedule 6 and specified products to be locked away and the key is always under the control of the pharmacist. The pharmacist assistant may only participate in the issuing and handling of these products if the pharmacist is present.
  • Specified scheduled medication and substances are issued in original sealed packaging and therefore do not require splitting, weighing out or measuring. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72050   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Health Science Academy 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.