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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply ethical and legally compliant behaviour in pharmaceutical and health environments 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256485  Apply ethical and legally compliant behaviour in pharmaceutical and health environments 
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 and health care environments and/or related fields. Individuals credited with this standard will have a clear understanding of the importance of ethical behaviour, professional values, legislation, and codes of conduct within the pharmaceutical, health care and related environments. 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 
    Explain the importance of ethical behaviour and professional values. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The terms ethics and professional values are defined as they relate to a pharmaceutical and/or health care environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The way in which one's own values and belief systems influence behaviour are described using practical examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The main ethical issues in a pharmaceutical and/or health care environment are described in terms of how they impact on acceptable and unacceptable practice and individual behaviour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implications of acting in an unethical manner are explained in terms of the impact on the pharmacy and/or health care worker, external clients, the sector and the relevant institution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate actions for dealing with unethical behaviour are explained with the use of practical examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand and apply the legislative framework. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Legislative framework includes current Acts, regulations and professional guidelines which impact on the profession. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The general purpose of the relevant legislation is explained in terms of how it guides professional and personal behaviour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legislation related to medicines and scheduled substances is described and an explanation given of why the legislation exists and why the substances are scheduled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant legislation is applied in line with scope of practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply codes of conduct and professional regulations in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant codes of conduct and professional regulations as they pertain to the scope of practice are identified and a description given of their purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between codes of conduct and professional regulations and legislation is shown focusing on alignment between them in terms of workplace behaviour and attitude. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of non-compliance with codes of conduct and professional regulations are explained in terms of the effect on workers, clients and the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deviations from the codes of conduct and professional regulations are identified and techniques for dealing with deviations are described. 


    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:
  • Own values and belief systems.
  • Codes of conduct.
  • Professional regulations.
  • Relevant codes of conduct.
  • Relevant guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solving problems.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Explain the importance of ethical behaviour and professional values.
  • Apply codes of conduct and professional regulations in the workplace. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others in a team.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Explain the importance of ethical behaviour and professional values.
  • Apply codes of conduct and professional regulations in the workplace. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Explain the importance of ethical behaviour and professional values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information.
  • Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

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

  • 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 
    Unethical behaviour as defined in this unit standard includes acting outside scope of practice. 

    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.
     
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    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.