Accuracy in Dispensing (AID)

Provides the qualification to enable experienced pharmacy technicians to carry out the final accuracy check on pre-approved prescriptions.

Who is this course suitable for?

GPhC registered pharmacy technicians.

Benefits of this course

  • An Accuracy Checking Technician (ACT) frees up time for the pharmacist to offer patient-centred care by focusing on service provision, medicines management and optimisation
  • Adding to the skill mix within the pharmacy
  • Reduced risk of dispensing-related incidents as ACTs will be accuracy checking items labelled and dispensed by another individual
  • Our dedicated team of experts are available to support the trainee ACT/certified ACT and the supervising pharmacist (tutor) throughout the course including ongoing re-assessments
  • GPhC registered pharmacy technicians are not required to re-accredit every two years. All other accredited accuracy checkers will require continuous re-accreditation via a reassessment portfolio every two years.

Learning outcomes

  • Build the confidence and competency of the trainee ACT on accuracy checking dispensed prescriptions which have been pre-approved by a pharmacist
  • Develop the trainee ACT’s professional awareness of pharmacy practice including the legal and ethical implications surrounding the role of an ACT
  • Independent assessment of checking skills in a simulated pharmacy environment
  • Ongoing development and two-year re-accreditation via a reassessment portfolio – if applicable

The material for this course includes separate guides for the tutor and the trainee. The tutor pack is used to support the tutor on what to expect from the course and the trainee. The trainee pack covers the following:

  • An introduction to the role of an ACT
  • The importance of standard operating procedures
  • Information on patient confidentiality
  • The legal and ethical implications of the role of an ACT
  • Assignments and reflective exercises
  • Guidance on how to build a portfolio evidencing ongoing accuracy checking
  • Dealing with dispensing and checking errors appropriately
  • The importance of proactively approaching errors in minimising risk to patients
  • Regular reviews with the tutor in the form of appraisals
  • The structure of the final assessment
  • Re-assessment and ongoing development – if applicable


This course can take between 3 – 12 months to complete.

The trainee will have to submit a portfolio of evidence which must include:

  • Answers to the written assignments and reflective exercises
  • Evidence of consecutively accuracy checking a minimum of 1000 items over a minimum of three months, double-checked by the tutor
  • Monthly appraisals with the tutor
  • Evidence the ability of maintaining patient confidentiality

The trainee will have to evidence their competency in the form of a final assessment which includes:

  • A practical accuracy checking assessment at an external venue
  • An interview with NPA assessor(s)

Upon submission of a satisfactory portfolio of evidence and successful completion of the final assessment, an ‘indefinite’ certificate for accuracy checking will be provided to GPhC registered pharmacy technicians. All other accredited accuracy checkers will receive a two year certificate for accuracy checking and instructions on renewal.

2019 Final Assessment dates

Date Location Venue Postcode
Thursday 23rd May 2019
IBIS Birmingham Centre, New Street
B5 4ST
Thursday 20th June 2019
St. Albans
Mallinson House
Thursday 18th July 2019
Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre
M4 4AF
Thursday 5th September 2019
Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland
G1 2RL
Thursday 3rd October 2019
Crowne Plaza Birmingham City
B1 1HH
Thursday 17th October 2019
St. Albans Mallinson House AL1 3NP
Thursday 7th November 2019
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
Thursday 14th November 2019
St. Albans
Mallinson House

To reserve your place on any of these final assessment dates, complete this form


Course price Paper-based £279* + VAT

Enrolments onto this course are accepted throughout the year.

*The course price allows for up to three attempts at the final assessment. Thereafter a reassessment fee of £90 +VAT will be applicable.

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Please note: The price shown is for NPA members, non-member enrolments will incur a 50% mark up. The cost of the course will be invoiced to your employer.