Qualification Obtained Outside the EU

Pharmacists who qualified in a non-EU or EEA country can apply to have their qualification recognised via the Third Country Qualification Recognition process. 

You can apply to the PSI to have your qualification recognised in Ireland via the Third Country Qualification Recognition (TCQR) process if you are a pharmacist who qualified in a Non-EU/EEA country, regardless of your nationality.  

This route of registration is a two-step process. The first step is an application for recognition of your qualification. The second step is an application for registration. 

“Third Country” means all countries other than countries in the European Union/European Economic Area. Following Brexit, from 1 January 2021, applicants with pharmacist qualifications from the United Kingdom (UK) are assessed for registration under the Third Country route. Details specific to those applicants can be found in this section. 

Qualification Recognition 

An applicant’s qualification must be recognised as “appropriate for practice” in accordance with Section 16 of the Pharmacy Act 2007. This Act regulates the practice and profession of pharmacy in Ireland. 

1. Applicants holding a qualification from the UK 

Applicants holding a qualification gained in the UK, which would have been automatically recognised under the Professional Qualifications Directive before 31 December 2020, with training that commenced before 31 December 2020, may be able to proceed to recognition in a one-step process under Rule 18(1). To apply under this route, please return the application form along with supporting documents to the Registrant and Customer Relations Team, PSI – The Pharmacy Regulator, PSI House, 15-19 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD72. 

2. Applicants holding a qualification from a third country other than the UK 

All other Third Country Route applicants must first apply for qualification recognition under the Third Country Qualification Recognition (TCQR) process. Qualification recognition assessment is made under Rule 18(2) in order that the PSI can determine whether an applicant’s Third Country qualification is a qualification appropriate for practice in Ireland. This is a process with multiple steps and may involve several people, institutions and regulatory authorities.  For that reason it may take a significant amount of time to complete.  

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

Applying for Registration if you are from a Third Country

Once you have received confirmation that your qualification has been recognised by the PSI you can apply to register as a pharmacist. The registration portal contains instructions and information videos to assist with your application.  

Language competence 

Assessment of language competence is required to be submitted when making an application for registration. On submission of an application for registration, applicants must prove that they have achieved a standard of competence in the English language by complying with one of the three criteria recognised by the PSI Council as being satisfactory to assure language competence. It should be noted that provision of evidence of language competence is not required to be provided under the qualification recognition process. 

Qualification recognition application fee 

The PSI Council adopted a policy position in April 2022 under the provisions of Rule 5 of the PSI (Fees) Rules 2014-2020, to waive the application fee for recognition of third country qualifications in the case of applicants availing of Temporary Protection status in Ireland under the EU Temporary Protection Directive. When applying under the Third Country Qualification Recognition process, applicants should include a copy of their document from the Department of Justice confirming Temporary Protection status.

Registration and practice resources

The Department of Health is funding clinical English language training to support Ukrainian health professionals to meet the language requirements if applying to register. The website www.regpath.ie provides information on the minimum English language proficiency levels required, the training available and how to apply. Those interested in doing this training must demonstrate that they are in the process towards registration with the regulator. 

The Irish Health Service (HSE) national online learning and development portal for health and social care staff can also be used by all Ukrainian healthcare workers who can register on this portal. A guide on how to register is also available. 

Additional Information

Contact Us

You can contact a member of the Registrant and Customer Relations Team at registration@psi.ie or call us on +353 (0)1 2184000 if you have any questions. 

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