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Overseas (non-EEA) qualified pharmacy technician

The criteria for registration which apply from 1 July 2011 onwards are in the Criteria for initial registration as a pharmacy technician document below.

Persons who hold an overseas (non-EEA) pharmacy qualification seeking registration as a pharmacy technician from 1 July 2011 must have completed both a competency qualification and a knowledge qualification, (see Annex A of the Criteria for initial registration as a pharmacy technician) and meet the qualifying period of work experience before they are eligible for registration.

Criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician

You must complete these qualifications whilst working in the UK as a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week.

Application and guidance notes for persons applying to register with the currently approved GPhC qualifications and work experience.

Application form and Guidance notes on how to apply for registration as a pharmacy technician 2013

Qualifying period of work experience

You are not required to complete the full two-years relevant work experience in the UK if you provide evidence:

  • that you have relevant work-based experience in the UK as a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week whilst you have been completing the two approved UK qualifications. You can include work experience during your UK pharmacy technician courses and up to three months before the start of the courses, provided that during this time you have been working and carrying out the role of a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands under the supervision, direction or guidance of a pharmacist to whom you have been directly accountable, and
  • that you hold a non-UK pharmacist or pharmacy technician qualification. You must arrange for your awarding institution to send direct to the GPhC the academic transcript relating to your qualification, and
  • that you are registered or otherwise eligible to practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in the country of your qualification. You must arrange for the regulatory authority or awarding institution to confirm this direct to the GPhC. If the profession is regulated in your country of qualification this is normally in the form of a letter of good standing or certificate of current professional status.