The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s Adjudicating
Committee considers applications for registration from overseas
Pharmacists from EEA, Northern Ireland, New Zealand or Australia are
covered by mutual recognition policy.
To be eligible to apply to the Committee you must have completed a
pharmacy course that is comparable to those in the United Kingdom and
must be registered or eligible to register as a pharmacist overseas.
The Committee will consider your application and may determine
that you are not eligible for registration through the Adjudicating
There are a number of stages in the application procedure.
The first stage involves preliminary consideration of the documents.
Following preliminary consideration of your documentation:
(i) (a) you may be given the standard Adjudicating Committee
requirements for registration which are: to pass all 7 Overseas
Pharmacists (OSP) Examinations; to complete 12 months Pre-Registration
Training (pre-registration training or internship); and to pass the
Society’s registration examination.
Graduates of Canadian universities who are registered in Canada and
any overseas pharmacists who have subsequently registered in Australia
through the Australian Pharmacy Examining Council Inc (APEC) or in New
Zealand through its adjudicating procedures may be given reduced
requirements for registration.
(i) (b) you will be required to attend for a formal interview before the
If an overseas pharmacist wishes to work as a
pharmacist in the UK they may take what is called an
OSPAP (Overseas Pharmacist Assessment
Programme) qualification at one of four UK
universities. They are Robert Gordon
University (Scotland), Aston, Brighton, and
Sunderland universities in England.
(This para is not valid anymore: (ii) Following interview, if this is required, the Committee decides
which route to registration is most suitable for you based on your
application as a whole and in particular your performance at interview.
You: may be rejected from the Adjudicating Committee procedures and
required to complete a 4 year U. K. pharmacy degree course, 12 months
pre-registration training and the registration examination to register
as a pharmacist in Great Britain; i.e. the standard U.K. requirements
for registration; may be required to attend a one year full-time
pharmacy course at Sunderland University; will be required to pass all
or some of the 7 Overseas Pharmacists (OSP) examinations; will be
required to complete a period of 12 months Pre-Registration Training
(pre-registration training / internship) and will be required to pass
the Society’s registration examination. )
The Committee meets every 1-2 months and always in January/February,
June/July and August/September each year.