EEA-qualified pharmacists


On 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period  ended. This follows the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

From 1 January 2021, the registration process for some pharmacists with non-UK qualifications changed.

Please see our Brexit Q&A for further information.

If you are a ‘qualifying applicant’ as defined in SI 2020/1394,  for example if you are a Swiss National with an EEA qualification please contact for information on the process you need to follow.

If you qualified as a pharmacist in an EEA country other than the UK and hold a relevant qualification, which:

  • is from an EEA country which is listed in Annex V, section 5.6.2 of Directive 2005/36/EC
  • you started after the reference date specified against the EEA country in which your qualification was awarded
  • complies with all the minimum training requirements described in Article 44 of Directive 2005/36/EC

You can make an application to have your qualification recognised. You can then make an application to register with us and practise as a pharmacist in Great Britain.

Download the recognition application form and guidance [Word 1.2 MB]

The document will automatically download, as you click on the above link.

As part of your recognition application, you will be need to provide information relating to your qualification and arrange for documents to be sent direct to the GPhC by the relevant regulatory body and competent authority in your home country. Please make sure you read the guidance that comes with the application form, so you can provide all the information we need, in the correct way.

If your qualification does not meet the criteria above, please see the Overseas qualified pharmacists page

English language competency

We do not need to check your English language competence as part of your application for recognition. But we will need to check that you have sufficient English language competence to practise safely and effectively, if you apply to join the register. This requirement is set out in the Health Care and Associated Professions (Knowledge of English) Order 2015.

You can find out how to provide evidence, and what types we will accept in the Providing evidence of English language competency guidance pack. You can find more information about the legal requirements in our guidance on evidence of English language skills.

Please be aware that our requirements concerning evidence of English language skills do not replace the very important role that employers will continue to play in checking that you are competent to carry out the role you are applying for and have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively, as part of their interview and selection process.

Managing your registration

If your application is successful, you will need to create an account on the myGPhC system to manage your registration and complete your revalidation. We will send you more details in your confirmation letter and you may find this step by step guide to creating an account on myGPhC useful.