The pharmacy profession is a regulated occupation in most of the countries and needs license to practice in those countries. Overseas pharmacist needs to take registrations (Pharmacy Registration) exams in countries like USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and other European and middle east countries. Since the use of medicines and therapeutic guideline will be different in each country, it makes overseas pharmacist study in a separate manner in order to get through the registration exam of other countries. Most of the western countries require an exceptional level of English language and need to pass certain English language test in order to qualify for writing the exam.
The United States of America needs a five-year academic curriculum for aspiring overseas pharmacist to undergo their registration process. Canada requires passing PEBC exams before getting a license to practice as a pharmacist. There are two kinds of exams for an overseas pharmacist who is categorized in to stream A and stream B in Australia. Stream B candidates who from the USA, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand requires to separate exams and supervised practice in Australia. Where as in the Middle East countries like Qatar needs 3-year experience as a pharmacist and needs to pass Prometric exams before applying for the license.
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Pharmacy registration Australia
Working in Australia as registered pharmacist needs to have applied to the pharmacy board of Australia and get registered with them. An overseas pharmacist who is from countries other than New Zealand needs to have passed an examination conducted under the auspices of Australian Pharmacy Council. Successful candidate then required to complete a period of supervised practice assigned to them by the Pharmacy Board Of Australia. Candidates are categorized in to stream A and stream B candidate according to the country from where they obtained pharmacy graduation. Countries other than United State, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland are considered as stream A candidate and they are required to complete a full internship program. Stream B candidate needs only shorter period of supervised practice and limited registration for supervised practice.
Pharmacy registration in Canada
Enroll in Pharmacist gateway Canada by creating an account ($325)
The process of becoming a pharmacist in Canada start with enrolling in pharmacist gateway Canada where you need to create an account and you will be given a candidate number. With this account, you will be able to see any of your documents that are stored in the database. You can also track your progress throughout the licensing process
Receive a National Identifier Number
As of August 20, 2014, candidates who obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada (or the United States) will be required to register on the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada and receive a National Identifier Number before applying to PEBC for Document Evaluation [This does not apply to candidates whose applications for Document Evaluation were received by PEBC prior to August 20, 2014]. PEBC will not be able to process applications for Document Evaluation unless a National Identifier Number is provided. The cost to register on the Gateway is $325CAD and is paid via the Gateway.
Document Evaluation either by online where you need to make PEBC online account ($550)
Your personal identification documents, pharmacy degree, educational transcripts and licensure statements will be evaluated by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC.) Please note: The minimum requirement is a four-year undergraduate degree in pharmacy. If your educational credentials and licensure statements are acceptable, you will be eligible to write the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination.
Evaluating Examination ($515)
This exam evaluates whether your pharmacy education is comparable to that of Canadian pharmacy graduates. It will test your knowledge about the different areas of pharmacy that are learned in Canadian programs. You must pass the Evaluating Examination to be eligible to write the Qualifying Examination (Part I and Part II).
The Qualifying Examination will determine if your knowledge, skills, and abilities are suitable for practicing pharmacy safely and effectively in an “entry level” position.
This exam has two components; Part I is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format and consists of two consecutive half-day sittings. Part II of the Qualifying Exam is presented in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). This part of the exam consists of a series of interactive and non-interactive “stations” simulating common and/or critical practical situations in pharmacy practice. The scenarios often include interactions with actors portraying simulated patients, caregivers, and health professionals and may involve identifying and solving patient’s drug-therapy problems, communicating effectively, and working with other health professionals.