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Pharmacy : EU candidate

Pharmacists are entitled under European Union (EU) free movement directives to make an application to register as a pharmacist in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK  if they hold a pharmacist qualification from an EU or European Economic Area (EEA) member state and they are nationals of a EU/ EEA member state.

To work as a pharmacist in Ireland: 

You will need to be registered with the PSI (Pharmacy Society of Ireland). There are two different ways that applications can be made under the EU route of registration.

1. Qualification Recognition and Registration - directly with PSI (Pharmacy Society of Ireland)

You will need to provide copies of the following documents (along with certified translation, if applicable) with your application:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport or ID card
  • Qualification certificate awarded to you by the University
  • Registration certificate (if applicable)
  • Language competence requirements 

In addition, the regulator in your home State will need to certify your professional status and send confirmation directly to the PSI. The final stage of the registration process is a requirement to attend an application and review meeting. Attendance at this meeting is by invitation only, when your application is considered complete.


2. Qualification Recognition only - European Professional Card System
The European Professional Card (EPC) is an electronic procedure that EU residents can use to have their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country. When an EU resident seeks to move for the purposes of establishing to practise in another EU state, their home state facilitates the verification of the applicant’s Internal Market Information or IMI file and the prospective host state (the PSI in Ireland) makes the decision as to whether to recognise the qualification held by the applicant. It is very important to note that the recognition of a qualification does not give an automatic entitlement to practise in Ireland, all pharmacists must be registered before being entitled to practise. You will need to apply for registration with the PSI, once qualification recognition is obtained through this route. More information on this system and how to apply.

For more information on the PSI click here

To work as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland:

In order to work as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland you must be registered with the PSNI (Pharmacy Society of Northern Ireland).

You must complete the following:

An applicant may be invited to attend an interview, which may cover issues related to a registrant’s obligations under the Code (2016), including Language competency and practicing in Northern Ireland – there is no obligation on an applicant to attend an interview and attendance at, or non-attendance at, an interview will have no bearing on an applicant’s registration.

For more information on the PSNI click here

To work as a pharmacist in the UK: 

You will need to be registered with the GPC (General Pharmaceutical Council). 

You will need to provide copies of the following documents (along with certified translation, if applicable) with your application:

  • Complete a language test 
  • Complete a questionnaire
  • Copy of your Degree
  • Passport/ proof of nationality 
  • Birth Certificate
  • Licence to Practice 

More information on the GPC here

Once you have completed the English exam and passed, Clarity can then set up interviews and get you job offers. 

If you have been living in an English speaking country for the last 3 years out of the most recent 5 years and can prove this, you will not need to do the English exam. 

More information on the blogs below.