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. Tutor pharmacists are required to assess the TCQR applicants during their adaptation placement. More information on tutor pharmacists is available. 

Stage 4

Applicants who successfully complete the adaptation period are then eligible to undertake a Professional Registration Examination (PRE). This exam will assess and confirm that applicants possess the knowledge, skills and competencies appropriate for practice as a pharmacist in Ireland. 

This 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.

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