Pharmacist In Hong Kong
Subject to the provisions of the Pharmacy legislation any person who intends to practise as a pharmacist in Hong Kong should first be registered with the Pharmacy Board.
Applications for registration should be made in writing to the Board at the address specified.
In order to be eligible for registration, an applicant is required to satisfy the
Board as to his/her identity and good character, and to meet the qualification, examination and training requirements detailed below.
Non-local applicants must have completed his/her tertiary education of not less than three full-time academic years, or equivalent, in pharmacy, and be registered or be professionally qualified to be
registered as a pharmacist, normally in the country in which he/she has completed that education.
An applicant must pass the Board’s written examinations in three subjects, namely, 1.Pharmacy Legislation in Hong Kong,
2. Pharmacy Practice
3. Pharmacology, all of which are set in English.
The Pharmacy Board conducts its examinations twice a year, normally in June and December. New entrance to the June examinations closes on 28 February, and for the December examinations, 31 August.
Fees for Examinations
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION
Applicants accepted for the registration examinations will be informed in writing on the details of the examination arrangements. As at 2 March 2001, the fee for the examination is HK$1,110* for each subject. Payment made will normally not be refundable.
In applying for registration, all applicants have to produce the original (with
photocopies) or notarised copies of the following supporting documents, together with two passport size photographs (with the applicant’s name printed at the back):
(a) certificate of the degree in pharmacy;
(b) transcript of record of study in pharmacy;
(c) testimonial of practical experience in pharmacy.
(d) a letter from a person of good standing vouching for identity and good
(e) proofs of identity (Hong Kong identity card or passport)
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AND PRACTISING CERTIFICATE
An applicant who has passed the registration examinations and is accepted for registration is required to obtain a certificate of registration from the Board before his/her name is added to the Register of Pharmacists. In addition, he/she has to apply for an annual practising certificate at the beginning of each year from the Board in order that he/she may practise in Hong Kong. The certificate of registration is issued at a charge of HK$790 and the annual practising certificate at HK$520.
Mandatory Requirements for Pharmacist
- Non-local applicants should have had relevant pre-registration training and/or post-registration experience for an aggregate period of not less than one year (inclusive of a holiday entitlement of not more than 4 weeks) in the country in which he/she has completed his/her studies in pharmacy or in another country.
- The one-year period of pre-registration training and/or post-registration experience should involve direct patient care services (i.e., community pharmacy or hospital pharmacy) for an aggregate period of not less than 6 months.
Exceptions For Pharmacist
- At the discretion of the Board, an applicant who has had less than one year’s training and experience may be permitted to take the Board’s examinations and, upon passing all parts thereof, to submit an application for registration together with any further documentation to the Board in support of his/her aggregate period of training and experience gained by this time. If his/her aggregate training and practical experience still falls short of the Board’s registration requirements, he/she will be required to undergo Board-approved training for a specified period in Hong Kong or elsewhere.
- At the discretion of the Board, an applicant who has had less than 6 months’ training and experience in settings involving direct patient care services may be permitted to take the Board’s examinations and, upon passing all parts thereof, to submit an application for registration together with any further documentation to the Board in support of his/her aggregate period of training and experience gained in settings involving direct patient care services by this time. If his/her aggregate training and practical experience still falls short of the Board’s requirements, he/she will be required to undergo Board-approved training in settings involving direct patient care services for a specified period in Hong Kong or elsewhere.
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