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Pharmacist - recognition of qualifications

Recognition of qualifications to practise the profession of pharmacist

How to proceed

This procedure can be completed:

  • at an office
  • by post
  • electronically
  • w siedzibie Izby

Complete the procedure online

Use the tools available at biznes.gov.pl to create an application for recognition of qualifications under the general system.

What you should know and who can use this service

Citizens of the European Union Member States, the Swiss Confederation or the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area who, in those countries, outside the Republic of Poland, have acquired their qualifications to practise the profession of pharmacist.

The Supreme Pharmaceutical Council recognises formal qualifications acquired in the EU and grants a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist, while a regional pharmaceutical council indicated by the applicant makes an entry in the register of pharmacists and the list of its members after having determined that the person who has submitted the application with relevant attachments meets the following requirements:

  • is a citizen of a Member State of the EU and holds a diploma, certificate or other document confirming formal qualifications to practise the profession of pharmacist, issued by a Member State of the EU in accordance with the requirements of Directive 85/432/EEC, specified in the Annex (former Article 4) to Directive 85/433/EEC amended by Directive 2001/19/EC, and listed in Annex 11 to the Accession Treaty,

or

  • holds a diploma, certificate or other document issued by a Member State of the European Union, provided that the training begun before:

- 1 October 1987, in the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hellenic Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the French Republic, the Republic of Ireland, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Portugal, and the Netherlands;

- 11 March 1990, in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the case of the Republic of Lithuania;

- 3 October 1990, in the former German Democratic Republic;

- 25 June 1991, in former Yugoslavia in the case of the Republic of Slovenia;

- 20 August 1991, in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the case of the Republic of Estonia;

- 21 August 1991, in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the case of the Republic of Latvia;

- 1 January 1993, in the former Czechoslovakia;

- 1 November 1993, in the Italian Republic;

- 1 January 1994, in the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Republic of Iceland;

- 1 May 1995, in the Grand Duchy of Liechtenstein;

- 1 June 2002, in the Swiss Confederation;

- 1 May 2004, in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta or the Republic of Cyprus;

- 1 January 2007, in the Republic of Bulgaria or in Romania, and the diploma, certificate or other document is accompanied by a certificate issued by the competent authorities of a Member State of the European Union, confirming that the person using these documents has practised the profession of pharmacist in that State for a period of at least three consecutive years over the period of five years immediately preceding the issue of the certificate

and

  • his/her health condition, confirmed with a medical certificate, allows the person to practise the profession of pharmacist;
  • has full legal capacity;
  • demonstrates an impeccable ethical conduct and guarantees, with his/her previous behaviour, the proper performance of the profession of pharmacist; in particular, has not been validly convicted of an intentional offence against life and health;
  • has a verbal and written command of the Polish language sufficient to practise the profession of pharmacist. This requirement is recognised as met once the command of the Polish language is confirmed with a passed examination organised and conducted by the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council. Citizens of the EU Member States who have completed a higher education programme in pharmacy in the Polish language are exempted from this requirement;
  • has full public rights.

When you should complete this procedure

At any time

Where you can complete this procedure

If you apply for the automatic recognition of qualifications, you should submit an application to the Supreme Pharmaceutical Chamber. The application may be submitted in paper only.

If you do not meet the conditions set out in the Act on pharmaceutical chambers and your qualifications have to be recognised under the so-called general system for the recognition of qualifications, you should submit your application to the Ministry of Health. The application can be submitted in paper or online.

What to do step by step

  1. Submitting an application to initiate the procedure for the recognition of qualifications to practise the profession of pharmacist

According to Article 4c(2) of the Act of 19 April 1991 on pharmaceutical chambers, in order to obtain a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist, a citizen of a Member State of the European Union submits an application for recognition of qualifications and granting of the licence to practise the profession of pharmacist, along with documents confirming qualifications (education, professional experience), drawn up in the Polish language or with a translation into Polish made by a sworn translator.

Where an applicant for recognition of qualifications does not have a place of residence or habitual residence or registered office in the Republic of Poland or in another Member State of the European Union and if he/she has not appointed an authorised representative residing in the Republic of Poland and does not operate through the consul of the Republic of Poland, he/she must appoint a representative in Poland for the service of documents. Appointment of a representative is not required when the service letters are delivered by means of electronic communication.

Documents

You can submit a document as:
Oryginał, Uwierzytelniona kopia
You can submit a document as:
Kopia
You can submit a document as:
Oryginał, Uwierzytelniona kopia
You can submit a document as:
Uwierzytelniona kopia
You can submit a document as:
Oryginał, Uwierzytelniona kopia
You can submit a document as:
Oryginał
  1. Confirmation of receipt of the application

The Supreme Pharmaceutical Council, no later than within 30 days from the date of submission of the application by a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, acknowledges the receipt of the application and informs the applicant of any defects, requesting the person to remedy them.

Documents

You will receive a document as:
Oryginał
  1. Formal and substantive verification

1. The Supreme Pharmaceutical Council verifies the correctness and completeness of the application and its attachments required for the proper conduct of the procedure. If the application and the attachments do not meet the formal requirements, within 30 days the Council requests the applicant to supplement the documentation (with information that if he or she fails to remedy the defects, the application shall be left unconsidered); the applicant has 7 days to remedy the defects in documentation, counted from the date of receiving the request. If the applicant fails to remedy the defects in documentation within the specified time limit, the application shall be left unconsidered (Article 64(2) of the Administrative Procedure Code).

2. The formal verification is followed by the substantive verification, during which the Council assesses, on the basis of an analysis of the submitted documents, whether the applicant meets the requirements for automatic recognition of formal qualifications acquired in the EU Member States, for being granted a licence to practise the profession, and being entered in the list of members of a regional pharmaceutical chamber.

3. In the case where there are justified doubts as regards the authenticity of a diploma or other documents confirming formal qualifications of the pharmacist, the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council requests, without delay, the competent authorities of the EU Member State that have issued the diploma or other document which is open to doubts to confirm the authenticity of the diploma or other document certifying formal qualifications of the pharmacist, through the electronic Internal Market Information System (IMI). IMI allows for preparation of requests and answers to requests from other Member States in the Polish language, and for effective and accurate search for a competent institution in another country.

  1. Recognition of formal qualifications and granting a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist

On the basis of the submitted documents, the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council adopts a resolution on granting a licence to practise the profession. Granting a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist or a refusal to grant the licence will occur forthwith, though no later than within 3 months counted from the date of submission of all the necessary documents. The three-month period is suspended for no more than 3 months in the case of justified doubts concerning the authenticity of diplomas, certificates or other documents confirming the formal qualifications to practise the profession of pharmacist or the attached documents which require confirmation of authenticity by the competent authorities or organisations of a particular Member State of the European Union.

Documents

Time limit

Without delay, however, no later than within 3 months

  1. Taking an oath

A pharmacist in respect of whom the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council has adopted a resolution on granting a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist takes an oath. The Supreme Pharmaceutical Council notifies the pharmacist about the date of taking the oath. The pharmacist takes the following oath before the President of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council "I solemnly vow to perform my duties of a pharmacist conscientiously, zealously and with due diligence, always taking into consideration the patient's good, requirements of professional ethics and applicable laws, as well as to keep professional secrecy and, in my conduct, follow the principles of dignity, integrity and fairness." If the specified wording of the oath may not be used by a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, the President of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council allows the person to use equivalent relevant wording.

  1. Issuing the document "Licence to practise the profession of pharmacist"

The Supreme Pharmaceutical Council issues the document "Licence to practise the profession of pharmacist" immediately after the pharmacist has taken the oath. The document includes necessary personal data of the pharmacist, in particular: his/her first name, middle name, surname, date and place of birth, qualifications, licence number, and information concerning the professional practice and the entry in the register of pharmacists.

Documents

You will receive a document as:
Oryginał

Time limit

Immediately after taking the oath

  1. Entry in the register of pharmacists and the list of members of the regional pharmaceutical chamber indicated by the applicant

A citizen of a Member State of the European Union practising the profession of pharmacist in the territory of the Republic of Poland is entered in the register of pharmacists and the list of members of a regional pharmaceutical chamber indicated by the pharmacist, on the basis of a resolution on granting a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist provided by the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council. The entry is made by the competent regional pharmaceutical council forthwith, but not later than within 7 days from the date of receipt of all the necessary documents.

The register of pharmacists includes the following data:

1) first name and surname, date and place of birth, parents' names, citizenship, and place of residence;

2) data concerning education, including:

a) number of the higher school diploma,

b) name of the completed higher school, its seat and faculty;

c) year of graduation;

d) date and place of completion of the one-year traineeship in a pharmacy;

e) type and degree of specialisation, date of completion, and name of the training institution,

f) type of the academic degree and title, date of acquiring it, and name of the institution granting the degree and title;

g) information on meeting the obligation of improving professional qualifications resulting from Article 107zf(1) of the Act of 6 September 2001 on pharmaceutical law

3) data concerning the licence to practise the profession, including:

a) licence number;

b) number of the resolution of the pharmaceutical council on granting the licence to practise the profession;

c) information on having a licence to practise the profession in another country;

d) information on any limitations to the licence to practise the profession;

4) personal identification number (PESEL);

5) date of death.

The register of pharmacists is kept in electronic form.

Time limit

Entry is made within 7 days.

How much you will have to pay

1053,50 zł

Conduct of the procedure and issuance of a decision on the recognition of professional qualifications to pursue a regulated profession, shall be subject to payment of 35 % of the minimum wage, established on the basis of the Act of 10 October 2002 on the minimum remuneration for work, in force in the year of the initiation of the proceedings.  The fee shall be paid into the bank account of the Ministry of Health. 

In 2021 the minimum wage amounted to PLN 2800,00.

How long you will have to wait

Granting a licence to practise the profession of pharmacist or a refusal to grant this licence is made in the form of a resolution of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council without undue delay, and no later than within 3 months from the date of submission of all required documents.

How can you appeal

Appeal proceedings are governed by the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Code. The applicant may appeal against a final resolution (decision) of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council to the Voivodeship Administrative Court.

Good to know

  • Change of personal data

A pharmacist is obliged to inform the competent regional pharmaceutical council about a change of the pharmacist's personal data, in particular: his/her first name, middle name, surname, qualifications, licence number, mailing address, and citizenship, as well as information related to the pharmacist's professional practice and the entry in the register of pharmacists, within 30 days from the date of change of the personal data (according to Article 4e(3) of the Act of 19 April 1991 on pharmaceutical chambers).

  • European Professional Card (EPC)

Instead of the traditional procedure for the recognition of formal qualifications you can apply for the European Professional Card. This is a simpler procedure as all documents are submitted electronically to the institution in your home country. Also, all documents are in your native language so you will have no trouble understanding them. The card is an electronic document confirming you professional qualifications in another EU Member State.

  • Obligation to inform of any pending disciplinary proceedings

If the Supreme Pharmaceutical Council has information concerning disciplinary proceedings or imposed criminal sanctions or other circumstances that may affect practising the profession of pharmacist, it notifies the incident to the competent authorities of the Member State of the European Union of which the pharmacist is a citizen or from which he/she comes (pursuant to Article 4f(3) of the Act of 19 April 1991 on pharmaceutical chambers).

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