Third Country Route of Registration

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.


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.

Third Country Qualification Recognition

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.

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

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