HOW TO REGISTER AS A PHARMACIST IN IRELAND –A COMPLETE BLOG FOR NON EUROPEAN STUDENTS

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HOW TO REGISTER AS A PHARMACIST IN IRELAND –A COMPLETE BLOG FOR NON EUROPEAN STUDENTS

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HOW TO REGISTER AS A PHARMACIST IN IRELAND –A COMPLETE BLOG FOR NON EUROPEAN STUDENTS

 

 

The 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 process;

 

1.      Applicants 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 stages involved in the recognition process.

 

2.      If recognition of your qualification is successful and a certificate is issued by the PSI validating your qualification, you can then apply for registration with the PSI.

 

 

Fees

 

There are two separate costs applicable to this route of access;

·         Application fee of €1,500 for qualification recognition, and

·         Standard fee of €540 for first time registration.

 

 

Language competence

 

To 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 language tests.

 

How to apply for registration

 

You 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 TD72.

 

Please read the instructions within the application booklet carefully to ensure your application can be processed in a timely manner.

 

 

Language Competence Requirements

Language competence requirements apply to all qualified pharmacists who have completed their training outside of Ireland and who are seeking registration with the PSI.

A pharmacist’s language competence must enable them to communicate, understand and treat patients, and to discharge professional obligations as a pharmacist in Ireland.

The 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 2017the Pharmacy Act 2007 (as amended) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Registration) Rules 2008 to 2017.

Criteria

The PSI Council accept the following criteria as being satisfactory to assure language competence:

1) Training to become a qualified pharmacist has been carried out in a country that has English or Irish recognised as an official language of that country.

OR

2) The 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.

OR

3) A 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.

 

Language Requirements

English Test/ Certificate

Details 

 

Minimum Score 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Academic format

Speaking

7.0

Writing

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall Band 

7.0

OET                                                                                                     ALL COMPONENTS       B

 

Stages of the Recognition Process

There are four stages involved in the recognition process.

 Stage 1

To make a valid application for recognition of your qualification as a pharmacist from a Third Country, you are required to:

1.      Complete the application form

2.      Complete the certificate of identity form

3.      Complete the statutory declaration form

4.      Provide all relevant supporting documentation

5.      Pay a non-refundable fee of €1,500.00.

 Stage 2

If your qualification recognition has been successful you will then need to sit an equivalence exam.

 Stage 3

This 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.

 Stage 4

Applicants 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 Ireland.

The all 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 qualification recognition.

 

Equivalence Examination 

Stage 2 of the “Recognition of a Third Country qualification as a qualification appropriate for practice in Ireland" (TCQR process)

Applicants 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 the exam.

The 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.

There 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 September 2019.

Preparing for the equivalence examination

·         Syllabus for the Equivalence Exams (sample questions included)

·         Suggested reading materials

·         Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) information  

 

You 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 Exam

The Professional Registration Examination (PRE) is held twice annually.

A person is eligible to apply to sit the PRE under two circumstances:

 

·         After successful completion of the in-service practical training by a pharmacy intern, or

·         After successful completion of the Third Country Qualification Recognition process.

Sittings of the Professional Registration Examination

 

The next sittings of the Professional Registration Examination (PRE) will be held on 2 May and 5 October 2019.

 

For 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 PRE:

 

·         The examination procedures and standards for the May and October 2019 sittings of the PRE.

·         Marks and Standards 2018-2019

·         Rules of Conduct

 

The following syllabus is for the October 2018 and May 2019 sittings of the PRE:

 

·         Curriculum overview of the National Pharmacy Internship Programme 2017-2019

For 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

 

Recognition of Third Country Pharmacist Qualification as a Qualification Appropriate for Practice in Ireland

A 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.

The 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 Ireland”.

 

 

The 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.

Please be aware that a 5 year bachelor 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.

 

1.     4 years academic + 1 year practical training

You 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.

 

Or

 

 

2.     4 ½ years academic + 6 months practical training

You 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 recognised equivalent.

 

One 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 recognition process.

 

ALL CREDITS AND SOURCE –

 

https://www.thepsi.ie/gns/Registration/Pharmacists/First_Time_Registration_/Non_EU_Trained_Pharmacists_.aspx

 

Please contact the Registration Unit by email - registration@psi.ie or phone (+353) (0)1 2184000 with any queries you may have.

 

 

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