Stages of the Recognition Process

There are four stages involved in the recognition process. You can also read more about the equivalence exam below.

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 successful (read more below on the exam). 

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 (TCQR) 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 at or call us on +353 (0)1 2184000 if you have any questions. 

On 21 June 2018, the PSI Council adopted a policy position under the provisions of Rule 5 of the PSI (Fees) Rules 2014-2020, to waive the application fee for recognition of third country qualification in the case of applicants availing of protections under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme in Ireland. At its meeting on 28 April 2022, the PSI Council adopted the same position in the case of applicants availing of Temporary Protection status in Ireland under the EU Temporary Protection Directive. For the application fee to be waived, on submission of an application under the Third Country Qualification Recognition process, applicants should include a copy of their relevant document from the Department of Justice confirming their status (i.e. Refugee or Temporary Protection status).

If you have successfully completed Stage 1 of the TCQR process you are eligible to apply to sit an Equivalence Exam. You must be in receipt of a confirmation of eligibility letter from the PSI to be eligible to apply to sit the exam. 

The Equivalence Exam includes an MCQ and OSCE assessment designed to assist the PSI Council in assessing the standard of training, education, examination and qualification of applicants to determine whether an applicant holds a qualification which is of a standard not lower than the standard necessary for practice in Ireland.

Preparing for the equivalence examination 

You are also recommended to make use of PSI resources on this website, in particular the information on the Pharmacist Code of Conduct, Practice Guidance and Core Competency Framework. It may be useful to sign up to receive the PSI newsletter for updates on legislation and practice matters.