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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain pharmaceutical concepts and terms 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256475  Explain pharmaceutical concepts and terms 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 aimed at individuals entering the pharmaceutical field. Individuals credited with this standard will have a basic understanding of pharmaceutical terms and concepts as well as an understanding of the importance of documentation and regulations within the pharmaceutical environment. The individual will, in addition, begin to develop an understanding of critical aspects within the pharmaceutical context. This unit standard will provide individuals with the basic knowledge needed when completing other unit standards in this field. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Communication at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define the pharmaceutical environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different sectors within the pharmaceutical environment are identified and an explanation given of the role they play. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different product categories are defined and examples are given of each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Product categories include ethicals, biologicals, dressings, medical devices, complementary and traditional remedies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Internal and external stakeholders are described and examples are given of the role they each play. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain pharmaceutical terms and concepts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts and terms related to pharmaceutical documents are explained and examples are provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Terms and concepts related to pharmaceutical policy and procedure is explained and examples are provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Terminology related to product characteristics and dosage forms is explained and examples are provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Terminology related to pharmaceutical equipment is explained and examples are provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify aspects critical to quality assurance within the pharmaceutical environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    When identifying critical aspects the importance of hygiene factors as they relate to the individual and environment should also be considered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Critical aspects within pharmaceutical processes are identified and their impact described in a variety of contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation is explained as a critical aspect of the pharmaceutical environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reporting and authorisation, as critical aspects of the pharmaceutical environment, are described in terms of legislative and organisational requirements and safe patient medication where applicable. 


    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 
    The concepts:
  • Pharmaceutical.
  • Stakeholders.
  • Product characteristics.
  • Dosage forms.
  • Critical aspects.
  • Quality assurance.
  • Appropriately authorised person. 

  • 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 the following Specific Outcome:
  • Identify aspects critical to quality assurance within the pharmaceutical environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Define the pharmaceutical environment. 

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

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Identify aspects critical to quality assurance within the pharmaceutical environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.
  • Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Explain pharmaceutical terms and concepts. 

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

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Identify aspects critical to quality assurance within the pharmaceutical environment. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  72049   National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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.
     
    NONE 



    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.