European Route of Registration

Pharmacists are entitled under European Union (EU) free movement directives to make an application to register in Ireland with the PSI if they hold a pharmacist qualification from an EU or European Economic Area (EEA) member state and they are nationals of a EU/ EEA member state.

There are two different ways that applications can be made under the EU route of registration.

1. Qualification Recognition and Registration - directly with PSI

If you are applying for this EU route of registration with the PSI please read and consider the:

- Timetable of registration periods 2017

Please contact the Registration Unit directly to apply for the European route of registration. You can contact the Registration Unit by email or phone (+353) (0)1 2184000

You will need to provide copies of the following documents (along with certified translation, if applicable) with your application:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport or ID card
  • Qualification certificate awarded to you by the University
  • Registration certificate (if applicable)
  • Language competence requirements

In addition, the regulator in your home State will need to certify your professional status and send confirmation directly to the PSI.

Please take note of the registration dates and deadlines in order to have all your documentation submitted on time, especially if you are expecting to begin employment in Ireland by a particular date.

The final stage of the registration process is a requirement to attend an application and review meeting. Attendance at this meeting is by invitation only, when your application is considered complete.

2. Qualification Recognition only - European Professional Card System

The European Professional Card (EPC) is an electronic procedure that EU residents can use to have their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country. When an EU resident seeks to move for the purposes of establishing to practise in another EU state, their home state facilitates the verification of the applicant’s Internal Market Information or IMI file and the prospective host state (the PSI in Ireland) makes the decision as to whether to recognise the qualification held  by the applicant. It is very important to note that the recognition of a qualification does not give an automatic entitlement to practise in Ireland, all pharmacists must be registered before being entitled to practise. You will need to apply for registration with the PSI, once qualification recognition is obtained through this route.  More information on this system and how to apply

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.

Additional Information

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

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