Registering as a pharmacist

The criteria for registration as a pharmacist [PDF 305 KB] sets out the education, training and experience requirements you need to complete to register as a pharmacist in Great Britain. If you want to practise as a pharmacist in England, Scotland and Wales, you must be registered with us.

Important information if you are applying for registration during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are still processing completed applications for initial registration as a pharmacist, but there may be some delays because we currently have limited access to any post sent to our offices. 

We know that some trainees who have completed their training are experiencing challenges in obtaining certificates from course providers. We have arranged with course providers for them to send us their pass lists directly, so you do not need to provide certificates with your application at the moment.

We know that during lockdown some pharmacist pre-registration trainees are also facing challenges in having copies of their documents certified by a legal professional.

We have started work to procure an online verification system which could be used instead of applicants having to get identity documents certified and sent in via post.  We expect this will be available in the next few months, once we have identified and tested the new system.  In the meantime, you now have the following options when applying for registration:

  • get a copy of your passport or driving licence certified by a legal professional. Please look to see if you can find a solicitor or other legal professional who is still providing this service in-person or via video link
  • use the Post Office’s in-branch Document Certification Service to certify your passport or driving licence, if you cannot find a legal professional to certify your documents.

There is less flexibility in the law in relation to your birth certificate, and so you will still have to send a duplicate copy of your birth certificate provided by the General Registers Office, if you were born in Great Britain. You can order a copy of your birth certificate on the GOV.uk website. Applicants born outside Great Britain have to send a copy of their birth certificate which must be certified by a legal professional. 

Once you have had your identity documents certified, please apply online, upload all documents to the portal and post your documents to our office address marked 'Parmacist Registration'. We are visiting our office regularly to collect and process our post.

Please do contact us via info@pharmacyregulation if you are still experiencing difficulties and we will do our best to advise you.

We are also currently reviewing options for a new identity verification process and will provide further details on this page, if and when the new process is introduced.

Which route do I use to register?

The registration process and the information you need to provide depends on the country where you gained your qualifications.

See UK-recognised pharmacist qualifications if you completed your training in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

See EEA-qualified pharmacists if you are a national of an EEA country who qualified as a pharmacist in an EEA country other than the UK.

See Overseas (non-EEA) qualified pharmacists if you qualified overseas (non-EEA) or are a national of a non-EEA country with an EEA pharmacist qualification other than a UK pharmacy qualification.