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Electronic Prescribing Conformance Process

This process is an overview of the steps software developers take declare electronic prescribing software conformant with the Agency’s technical framework. The Agency offers a range of support services throughout the conformance process including consultative support and scheduled information sessions. Click to view more about the Electronic Prescribing Conformance Process.

Electronic Prescribing

Electronic prescribing provides an option for prescribers and their patients to have a digital prescription as an alternative to a paper prescription. Electronic prescribing is not mandatory, and patients and prescribers will be able to choose an electronic or a paper version of their prescription.

Electronic Prescribing – Frequently Asked Questions

The following Electronic Prescribing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are categorised into the following topics: General, Dispensing and Technical Questions along with a Glossary and links to more information. 

Electronic Transfer of Prescription

Electronic Transfer of Prescription (ETP) involves the creation of an electronic message (alongside a legal paper prescription) which is transmitted to a prescription exchange service (PES).

Pharmacist Shared Medicines List v1.1.1 Released

The Agency has published the specifications for the new Pharmacist Shared Medicines (PSML) document type. This is the first public release of the PSML specification. Previous releases were made available on a trial basis to limited audiences.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Electronic prescribing – implementation via communities of interest

  • Australia’s first electronic prescription in primary care was successfully transmitted in Anglesea, Victoria on May 6 2020.
  • This involved testing the end to end process from generation of the electronic prescription by a general practitioner, provision of its associated token digitally to a consumer, supply of medicines via a pharmacy and subsequent PBS claim.
  • The implementation of any new software requires initial testing in real environments to confirm not only the technical functionality of the software, but also that it is fit for purpose for the health professionals and the consumers that will use the end product.


Electronic Prescribing v2.1


Electronic Prescribing - Technical Framework documents

These technical framework documents are provided to software vendors and demonstrate what will be required to enable electronic prescribing. These technical documents are:

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

Electronic Prescribing v2.0 Released

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released the technical framework to support the implementation of electronic prescribing

Friday, 1 November 2019

Electronic Prescribing – Industry Offer

Electronic prescribing is an option for prescribers and their patients to use an electronic prescription as an alternative to a paper prescription. 

Electronic Transfer of Prescription v1.1


ETP 1.1, published in December 2010, contributed to Standards Australia’s publication process, along with effort from the Agency subject matter experts working collaboratively within the IT-014 informatics community.

Thursday, 23 Dec 2010