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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilise pharmacology and pharmaceutics to provide information about medicines and their appropriate use 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259364  Utilise pharmacology and pharmaceutics to provide information about medicines and their appropriate use 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 
The learner who is credited with this unit standard will be able to provide information about medicines which is based on pharmacology and pharmaceutics.

The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain the principles pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Explain how the principles of pharmaceutics influence the effects of medicines in the body.
  • Describe the factors which affect the safety of medicines in patient care. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    A learner may be accredited against this unit standard in terms of recognition of prior learning, based on accreditable evidence of competence in all the required specific outcomes of this, and all the unit standards specified under the heading Learning Assumed to be in Place; and in accordance with the requirements of the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medicines in the human body (pharmacokinetics) are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effects include but are not limited to therapeutic, undesired and adverse effects.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of medicines on the systems and organs of the body (pharmacodynamics) are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The therapeutic classification of medicines is described to match action with treatment objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Officially recognised systems of therapeutic classification are utilised.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain how the principles of pharmaceutics influence the effects of medicines in the body. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Describe the pharmaceutical factors which affect the delivery and action of a medicine in the body so that an appropriate dosage form may be selected. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include but are not limited to the use of excipients, coatings and vehicles.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Possible dosage forms and routes of administration are described in terms of desired therapeutic outcomes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the factors that affect the safety of medicines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Interactions and the safety of medicines are described in accordance with current regulatory requirements and available information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The regulatory requirements relating to the reporting of adverse reactions to medicines are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Actions to be taken in the event of a medicine recall to ensure effective communication and implementation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods to ensure effective pharmaceutical products supply and storage are described in terms of product integrity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to, relevant regulation, schedules, quality assurance, documentary requirements and storage.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing the learner against this unit standard must be accredited as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • The moderation of this standard will be conducted according to the requirements of relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Relevant current pharmaceutical and health legislation.
  • Patient information leaflets and package inserts.
  • Relevant current information systems and resources. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collating information is demonstrated in the description of the factors that affect the safety of medicines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively are demonstrated in gathering information and data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems is demonstrated when competency has been achieved in all three 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 
    Credit Justification:
  • Classroom Learning, 40 hours, 4 credits
  • Self Study, 30 hours, 3 credits
  • Resource centre utilisation, 30 hours, 3 credits 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63969   National Certificate: Pharmaceutical Sales Representation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  57613   Further Education and Training Certificate: Short-Term Risk Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  INSETA 


    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.