Third Country Qualification Recognition

A person holding a pharmacist qualification from a country outside of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) regardless of their nationality, are required to first apply to the PSI for qualification recognition.

A person holding a pharmacist qualification from a country outside of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) regardless of their nationality, are required to first apply to the PSI for qualification recognition. The person may then be entitled to register as a pharmacist in Ireland if he/she meets the criteria.  

These criteria are set out in the Pharmacy Act 2007

The PSI is obliged to satisfy itself that a person's education, training and qualifications are of a standard not lower than the standard of those necessary to practice in Ireland. For the PSI to determine whether a person with a Third Country qualification holds a qualification appropriate to practice in Ireland, a four stage process is in place, known as the “Recognition of a Third Country qualification as a qualification appropriate for practice in Ireland.” 

The Third Country Qualification Recognition process is for Non-EU qualified pharmacists who have obtained a qualification as a pharmacist from a Non-EU/EEA country, regardless of their nationality.

Please be aware that a 5-year bachelor degree program is the minimum requirement of education and training to be eligible to apply for recognition with the PSI.  The degree program undertaken must have been a primary qualification,  of 5 years duration (equating Level 9 on NQF), and the five year program must be structured as follows:

  1. 4 years academic + 1 year practical in-service internship training
    Four years of full-time academic programme at a higher institute of a level recognised as equivalent, or under the supervision of a university. The applicant must also have carried out a 12 month practical in-service traineeship under the direct supervision of a tutor pharmacist in a community pharmacy which is open to the public or in a pharmacy department of a hospital.  

    or

  2. 4 ½ years academic + 6 months practical in-service internship training
    Four and half years of full-time academic programme at a higher institute of a level recognised as equivalent, or under the supervision of a university. The applicant must also have carried out at least a 6 month practical in-service traineeship under the direct supervision of a tutor pharmacist in a community pharmacy which is open to the public or in a pharmacy department of a hospital.  

    or

  3. 5 year integrated programme, with at least six months total of practical in-service internship training throughout the five year programme
    The practical in-service traineeship must have been under the direct supervision of a tutor pharmacist in a community pharmacy which is open to the public or in a pharmacy department of a hospital.  

The practical internship training must have been undertaken as part of your qualification that lead to the award of pharmacist qualification which entitled you to practice as a qualified pharmacist, and prior to the entitlement to practice in an independent and unsupervised capacity. Please note only internship training undertaken in a patient facing setting (i.e. community or hospital pharmacy settings) are recognised as the practical internship training component, and training undertaken in a non-patient facing setting (e.g. industry, regulatory, academia) will not be counted.

Please contact the Registrant and Customer Relations Team at registration@psi.ie or call us on +353 (0)1 2184000 with any queries you may have.

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