Pharmacist Registration in Ireland

Pharmacy Registration In Ireland

Anyone who qualified as a pharmacist in a Non-EU/EEA country, regardless of his/her nationality, can apply to the PSI to have the qualification recognised in Ireland using the Third Country Qualification Recognition Process.
“Third Country” means all countries other than Ireland and countries which are members of the European Union or part of the European Economic Area.
In order to practice as a pharmacist registration in Ireland an applicant must be registered as a pharmacist with the PSI . In order to register as a pharmacist in Ireland an applicant must have his/her qualification recognised by the PSI. Once a person has had his/her qualification recognised then he/she may make an application to register as a pharmacist in the Register of Pharmacists.
Access to the Register of Pharmacists by holding pharmacist qualifications obtained in a Third Country is a therefore a two-part process (Part A – Qualification Recognition and Part B – Registration in the Register of Pharmacists) as follows:
Part A: Qualification Recognitio
The applicant’s qualification must be recognised as one which is “appropriate for practice” in accordance with Section 16 of the Pharmacy Act, 2007. This is the Act that regulates the practice and profession of pharmacy in Ireland. In order that the PSI can determine whether an applicant’s Third Country qualification is a qualification appropriate for practice in Ireland a four stage process is implemented. This process may involve a number of different people, institutions and regulatory authorities and for that reason it may take significant time to complete.
Part B: Registration in the Register of Pharmacists
The applicant submits an application to register as a pharmacist in the Register of Pharmacists in accordance with the criteria specified in Section 14 of the Pharmacy Act 2007..
The PSI does not engage in pre-assessing any set of individual circumstances prior to receiving a formal application for recognition. It is the responsibility of each individual to review his or her own individual circumstances and to be sure that the qualification he/she obtained meets the minimum conditions required for recognition. pharmacist registration in Ireland The PSI assesses the individual qualification obtained which allows an individual practice as a pharmacist in his/her home state. This is the qualification an applicant must compare to the minimum training conditions as compensatory courses undertaken will not be assessed.SUMMARY.We offer  pharmacy registration in Ireland, pharmaceutical society of Ireland, ireland immigration and visa process for pharmacist contact us now.

Pharmacist  Jobs In Ireland:

Pharmacists can earn between €40,000 and €60,000 (with up to three years’ experience) and between €50,000 and €100,000 (over three years’ experience), although this will vary depending on the employer.Medicines are the substantial current treatments offered to NHS patients. A pharmacist is an authority in medicines and their performance. Their knowledge of medicines and the impression they have on the human body is demanding for the successful administration of every type of medical position.


  • Advise other healthcare professionals, containing doctors and nurses, on how to choose medicines and use them accurately
  • Ensure that new medicines are safe to use with other prescription
  • Advise on dosage and recommend the most relevant form of medication such as the tablet, injection, ointment or inhaler
  • Make sure that patients use their medicines harmlessly
  • Provide knowledge to patients on how to get the maximum benefit from the medicines they are prescribed
  • Advice on the most efficient treatments for a particular condition including those for sale without the prescription
  • Help patients manage long-term conditions
  • Recommend changes to prescriptions and give advice on prescribing
  • provide knowledge about potential side effects
  • Monitor the consequences of treatment to ensure that it is safe and effective

Pharmaceutical Society Of Ireland

Registration Process

Stage 1 Application & Fee
Applicants must submit

  1. a completed application pack and
  2. the application fee (currently set as €1500)

The application is reviewed and the PSI must be satisfied that an applicant’s qualification respects the minimum training conditions laid down in Article 44 of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC.
The prescribed minimum education and training conditions for a qualification as a pharmacist are that the

  • Course of training to become a pharmacist must be of at least five years’ duration
  • Course of training must include at least six months’ full time practical training in a community or hospital pharmacy
  • Course of study must include least four years’ full time academic training in a highereducation institute (university or equivalent)
  • Course must be structured to ensure the balance between theoretical and practical training for each subject gives sufficient importance to theory to maintain university character of the training.

If, upon review, the qualification is deemed not to meet the minimum conditions of education and training, the application will not be progressed and will be deemed to be invalid and the application documents will be returned to the applicant. Please note it is the primary qualification that allows an individual to act as a pharmacist registration in Ireland in his/her home state which is assessed; “extra” or “top-up” educational qualifications will not be looked at in this assessment. The period of practical training is required to be undertaken on a full time basis for a minimum of six months in a community/hospital pharmacy setting as part of the structured training course and this must be independently confirmed by a Competent Authority, Regulatory Authority or University.
Please also note that the application fee is non-refundable.
If after evaluating the qualification held it is deemed acceptable in relation to the criteria required an applicant moves on to stage 2

Ireland Immigration and visa process for pharmacist

If an applicant is deemed to hold a qualification that respects the minimum training conditions laid down in Article 44 of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC as above (satisfactorily completes stage1), the applicant is invited to sit an “Equivalence Examination”. The purpose of the Equivalence Examination is to assess the standard of training, education, examinations and qualifications undertaken by the applicant to ascertain that the standard of the applicant is not of a standard lower than that which an Irish/EU/EEA applicant must achieve in conformity with the prescribed EU Minimum Training Requirements, and the standard necessary for practice in Ireland.
The outcome of this examination, along with the content of a portfolio compiled by the applicant giving information about their experience as a pharmacist, and continuing professional development is assessed to determine if any shortcomings exist and if so if they can be addressed.

The examination is held twice a year in Dublin. The Equivalence Examination is conducted through English, and PSI does not require an applicant to have proof of a particular standard of English. It is advisable that any applicant who cannot communicate in the English language address this deficit prior to undertaking the examination as this could significantly impact on his/her performance and ability to demonstrate his/her knowledge in the examination.
Applicants currently may only sit this examination twice during the one application procedure. Upon the successful completion of the adaptation period an applicant moves on to stage 3 or 4 depending on the result achieved.

Adaptation Period

After stage 2 the applicant may be required to complete a period of adaptation (six months to three years) during which an applicant makes up any deficiencies which have been identified during the course of the Equivalence Exam.This period of adaptation is carried out in a manner directed by PSI under the guidance and supervision of a tutor pharmacist and must be completed pharmacist registration in Ireland within the length of time of the adaptation period assigned plus three years. It may be carried out in a hospital or community pharmacy under the supervision of a tutor pharmacist. The applicant is responsible for sourcing the adaptation period placement.
This adaptation period ensures that in cases where a doubt exists in respect of the qualification held, that an applicant acquires any competencies which appear to be deficient,and which are necessary to practice safely as a pharmacist in the State. The PSI does not assess language competence at any stage during the recognition process.There is a language competence requirement for registration. In order to successfully complete an adaptation period it may be necessary for any applicant who lacks language knowledge to up skill in this regard. Upon the successful completion of the adaptation period an applicant moves on to stage 4.

Professional Registration Exam

Stage 4 of the process requires an applicant to sit and pass the Professional Registration Exam of the PSI. When all the stages of the process have been completed an applicant will be issued with a certificate from PSI confirming that their qualification is “a qualification appropriate for practice in the State”.


Having obtained such a certificate an applicant may then (and only then) apply to be registered as a pharmacist.All persons who are not nationals of a relevant state will be required to satisfy a language competency requirement at the point of registration. Registration as a pharmacist is a separate process. Information on the registration process operated by the PSI is available at Information on the language competence standards required in order to register is also available.

Immigration and Visa

Employment (Permits etc.)

GUIDE TO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATIONYour signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documentation set out below.If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.
Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months oldYour name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back. More information on photograph requirements here.
Your current passport and a full copy of any previous passports
Your current passport must be valid for at least 12 months after your proposed date of arrival in Ireland.
A signed letter of application including your full contact detailsoutlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland,

giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,

giving details of how long you intend to stay in Ireland,

giving details of where you intend to stay while you are in Ireland,

undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.

Employment Permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & InnovationYou must supply one of the following:

Critical Skills Employment Permit,

General Employment Permit,

Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit,

Contract for Services Employment Permit,

Exchange Agreement Employment permit,

Internship Employment Permit,

Sports & Cultural Employment Permit,

Employment Contract (if any)
Letter from employer in Irelandconfirming details of the job you will take up,

the salary you will be paid, and if the employer is providing you with accommodation, details of the accommodation.

Evidence of qualifications and previous work experience in this area may be requested by the visa officer. pharmacist registratuion in Ireland

Evidence of qualifications and previous work experienceEvidence of qualifications and previous work experience in this area may be requested by the visa officer.


You must provide an up-to-date bank statement, showing what money has been paid into and out of the account over the last six months, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
Bank statements must be on headed paper – internet printouts will not be accepted.
Your name, address, account number and account type must be visible on the statement. Any large lodgements must be explained.
If you are sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must also include a letter from your bank confirming that you are allowed to withdraw money from that account.
Medical/Travel InsuranceEvidence of medical/travel insurance does not need to be provided with your application. However, the Visa Officer may request it before they make a decision on your application.

If your visa is approved, you must have evidence of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry (airport/seaport) and must present it to the Immigration Officer on request.

Previous Visa RefusalsIf you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide the details.

The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

Not disclosing any previous visa refusals will result in your application being refused.

Immigration and Visa

Temporary Residence Visa
The objectives of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), which was implemented on 7 April 2003, include:

Facilitating and simplifying the issuance of impermanent residence visas and permanent residence permits.

Promoting financial growth by facilitating foreign investment and attract exceptionally skilled and qualified foreigners to South Africa.Promoting tourism to South Africa.

Critical Skills work visa

From time to time the Minister of Home Affairs publishes a Critical Skills list in a Government Gazette. Earlier to submitting an application for a Critical Skills Work Visa, the candidate is required to have his or her foreign qualification(s) translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic and to have such qualification(s) evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The aspirant is also required to acquire written confirmation(s) from a professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA or any relevant government department confirming the skills or credentials of the applicant and suitable post qualification experience. In the event that any law in South Africa requires of you to be competently pharmacist registration in south africa in order to practice your profession, your application must contain proof of an application made for a certificate of registration with the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA

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