Overseas (non-EEA) qualified pharmacy technicians

If you have trained or been registered as a pharmacy technician in a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you must complete additional qualifications in the UK before you can apply to register. You will also need to complete work experience.

You will need to complete:

  • one of the recognised competency-based qualifications listed in the criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician
  • one of the recognised knowledge-based qualifications listed in the criteria
  • a minimum of two years’ work-based experience in the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands, or a shorter period if you can provide evidence that you qualified and were eligible to practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in a country outside the EEA

Please see the criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician for more information about what you will need to do. 

Once you have completed these requirements, you should apply to register using the UK application form and guidance.

Non-EEA qualifications and practice, and the relevant work experience requirement

If you have evidence that you have a pharmacist or pharmacy technician qualification from a non-EEA country, and are eligible to practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in the country where you qualified, you do not need to complete a full two-year period of work experience.

You will only need to provide evidence of relevant work experience carried out in the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands while you are completing the knowledge-based and competency-based qualifications.

To reduce the UK relevant work experience requirement, you will need to provide evidence of your:

  • previous qualification, including an academic transcript from your course provider
  • eligibility to practise in the country where you qualified, for example, your registration, certificate or licence to practise

If you do not provide this information, you must complete the two-year requirement as normal.

For your UK work experience to qualify towards your registration, you must be working under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. You must be directly accountable to them for at least 14 hours per week. 

Please see the criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician and the UK application form and guidance for more information about qualifying work experience and reducing the work experience requirement.