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

You will need to sit an equivalence exam if our qualification recognition is succesful.

Stage 3

This stage consists of an adaptation period to ensure that you 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. You may be required to carry out training for a minimum period of at least six months under the supervision of a tutor pharmacist. Tutor pharmacists are required to assess your performance during your adaptation placement. You can contact for information on tutor pharmacists for adaptation periods.

Stage 4

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

This supporting documentation will give you an overview of the process involved in the Third Country Qualification Recognition procedure. Please read this in full if you intend to  apply for qualification recognition.

You can contact a member of the Registrant and Customer Relations Team by email or by phone +353 (0)1 2184000 if you have any questions.