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Third Country Route of access to the PSI Register of Pharmacists applies to
qualified pharmacists who have obtained their qualification as a pharmacist from
a non-European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, regardless of
nationality. It involves a two part
are required to first apply to the PSI for qualification recognition . This process looks at whether your
qualification meets the education, training and qualifications standards
necessary to practice in Ireland. There are four
in the recognition process.
recognition of your qualification is successful and a certificate is issued by
the PSI validating your qualification, you can then apply for registration with
are two separate costs applicable to this route of access;
fee of €1,500 for qualification recognition, and
fee of €540 for first time registration.
register through this route, subsequent to recognition of qualification,
applicants must prove that they have achieved a standard of competence in the English language. The PSI Council has approved language standards that must
be met by an applicant in completing one of the recognised international
to apply for registration
must first apply for qualification recognition. If this is granted by the PSI, the Third Country Route Application Form should be completed and returned with supporting documents
to the Registration and Qualification Recognition Unit, Pharmaceutical Society
of Ireland, PSI House, 15-19 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02
read the instructions within the application booklet carefully to ensure your
application can be processed in a timely manner.
competence requirements apply to all qualified pharmacists who have completed
their training outside of Ireland and who are seeking registration with the
pharmacist’s language competence must enable them to communicate, understand and
treat patients, and to discharge professional obligations as a pharmacist in
legislative basis for these language competence standards are derived from the
Professional Qualifications Directive as implemented by the European Union (Recognition of Professional
Qualifications) Regulations 2017, the Pharmacy Act 2007 (as amended) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Registration) Rules
2008 to 2017.
PSI Council accept the following criteria as being satisfactory to assure
to become a qualified pharmacist has been carried out in a country that has
English or Irish recognised as an official language of that
applicant has lived, and practiced as a registered pharmacist for three out of
the preceeding five years in a country that has
English or Irish recognised as an official language.
certificate issued by an internationally recognised body or authority,
recognised by the PSI Council, attesting that the holder has attained a standard
of competence in the English language. The PSI Council has approved language
standards that must be met by an applicant in completing one of the recognised
international language tests – an applicant may choose which of these tests s/he
wishes to undertake. The Council at its meeting on 7 December 2017 affirmed the
following tests and scores as acceptable for this purpose.
English Language Testing System (IELTS)
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of the Recognition Process
are four stages involved in the recognition process.
make a valid application for recognition of your qualification as a pharmacist
from a Third Country, you are required to:
the application form
the certificate of identity form
the statutory declaration form
Provide all relevant supporting documentation
a non-refundable fee of €1,500.00.
your qualification recognition has been successful you will then need to sit
stage consists of an adaptation period to ensure that applicants gain the
competencies required to practise safely as an independent and professional
pharmacist and gain the knowledge and skills required to exercise the
independent legal, professional and ethical responsibilities of a pharmacist in
Ireland. A minimum period of at least 6 months and up to a maximum of 3 three
years training may be required to be undertaken.
who successfully complete the adaptation period are then eligible to undertake
the PSI Professional
Registration Examination (PRE). This exam
will finally assess and confirm that you possess the knowledge, skills and
competencies appropriate for practice as a pharmacist in
relevant supporting documentation will
give the applicant an overview of the process involved in the Third Country
Qualification Recognition procedure, and should be read in full if applying for
the “Recognition of a Third Country qualification as a qualification appropriate
for practice in Ireland" (TCQR process)
who have successfully completed Stage 1 of the TCQR process are eligible to
apply to sit an Equivalence Exam. Applicants must first be in receipt of a
Confirmation of Eligibility letter from the PSI to be eligible to apply to sit
Equivalence Exam includes an exam and OSCE assessment designed to assist the
Council in assessing the standard of training, education, examination and
qualification of applicants so as to determine whether an applicant holds a
qualification which is of a standard not lower than the standard necessary for
practice in Ireland.
are two scheduled sittings of the Equivalence Exam in each calendar year. The
next sittings of the Equivalence exams will take place on 23-24 July and 12-13
for the equivalence examination
Syllabus for the Equivalence Exams (sample questions included)
Suggested reading materials
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
are also recommended to make use of PSI resources on this website, in particular the information on the Pharmacist Code of
Conduct, Practice Guidance, and Core Competency Framework. It may be useful to
sign up to receive the PSI newsletter for
updates on legislation and practice matters.
Professional Registration Examination (PRE) is held twice
person is eligible to apply to sit the PRE under two
successful completion of the in-service practical training by a pharmacy intern,
successful completion of the Third Country Qualification Recognition process.
of the Professional Registration Examination
next sittings of the Professional Registration Examination (PRE) will be held on
2 May and 5 October 2019.
students who completed their training in 2015 and are sitting the PRE for the
first time, the following documentation should be read, prior to sitting the
The examination procedures and standards for the May and
October 2019 sittings of the PRE.
Marks and Standards 2018-2019
Rules of Conduct
following syllabus is for the October 2018 and May 2019 sittings of the
Curriculum overview of the National Pharmacy Internship
students who completed their training in 2014 or prior to 2014, the following
document should be read prior to sitting the PRE:
The examination procedures and standards document to be
achieved in the October 2015 and May 2016 sittings of the PRE
of Third Country Pharmacist Qualification as a Qualification Appropriate for
Practice in Ireland
person holding a pharmacist qualification from a country outside of the European
Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) regardless of their nationality,
are required to first apply to the PSI for qualification recognition. The person
may then be entitled to register as a pharmacist in Ireland if he/she satisfies
a number of criteria. These criteria are set out in the Pharmacy Act 2007.
PSI is obliged to satisfy itself that a person’s education, training and
qualifications are of a standard not lower than the standard of those necessary
to practice in Ireland. In order for the PSI to determine whether a person with
a Third Country qualification holds a qualification appropriate for practice in
Ireland, a four stage process is in place, known as the “Recognition of a Third Country
qualification as a qualification appropriate for practice in
Third Country Qualification Recognition process is for Non-EU qualified
pharmacists who have obtained a qualification as a pharmacist from a Non-EU/EEA
country, regardless of their nationality.
be aware that a 5
degree program is the minimum requirement of education and
training in order to apply for registration with the PSI. In
order to be eligible to apply for registration with the PSI as a non-EU/EEA
trained pharmacist, the 5 year course must comprise of
at least one of the following.
4 years academic + 1 year practical
can apply for registration if you have four years of full-time theoretical and
practical training at a university or at a higher institute of a level
recognised as equivalent, or under the supervision of a university. You must
also have carried out a 12 month traineeship under the
direct supervision of a tutor pharmacist in a community pharmacy which is open
to the public or in a pharmacy department of a hospital.
4 ½ years academic + 6 months practical training
can apply for registration if you have a six month
traineeship which must have been completed under the direct supervision of a
tutor pharmacist, in a community pharmacy business open to the public or in a
pharmacy department of a hospital. This must be in conjunction with at least 4.5
years of full-time theoretical and practical training at a university or
year or 6 month training must have been undertaken as
part of your qualification that entitles you to practice as a qualified
pharmacist and prior to you being entitled to practice in an independent and
unsupervised capacity. It must have included the specified amount of time
dealing with patients in either a community or hospital pharmacy setting. Any
other setting will not be accepted for the third country qualification
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