Foreign-Qualified Persons Application Process

All applications from foreign-qualified persons wishing to practise Pharmacy in South Africa follow the process explained and depicted in the diagram below:

Process (Steps)
Graphical representation

Pharmacist Process

Pharmacy Support Personnel (PSP) Process

1.

Applicant submits application

2.

The Office of the Registrar evaluates the Pharmacist application for completeness

The Office of the Registrar evaluates the PSP application for completeness

3.

The Office of the Registrar declines application and informs applicant of reasons OR the application is approved to serve at a Pre-Registration Committee meeting

4.

Application is presented before the Pre-Registration Committee for approval Application is presented before the Pre-Registration Committee for approval

5.

If approved, applicant is allowed to write the professional exam (not more than four (4) attempts in four (4) years)

If approved, applicant registers for a Law and Ethics module with a provider of pharmacy education as a Pharmacist Assistant (Learner Post-Basic)

6.

Once exam is passed, applicant registers as a Pharmacist Intern (for a period of 6 – 12 months, as advised by Council)

When module is complete, the applicant will then be registered as a Pharmacist Assistant (Post-Basic)

7.

Once the applicant completes internship assessments, they will proceed to serve a mandatory 12-months Community Service period.

8.

On completion of the mandatory Community Service period the applicant may register as a pharmacist

Submission of applications

Applicants are required to submit their applications along with all supporting documentation to the South African Pharmacy Council via customercare@sapc.za.org, OR by hand delivery to 591 Belvedere Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083, Or by post to Private Bag X 40040, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001. Incomplete applications or applications missing supporting documentation will not be accepted.

A full list of supporting documentation required to accompany an application can be viewed by clicking here.

NB: Applicants must be permanent residents of South Africa or have permission to work in the country.

Each application is reviewed by the Pre-Registration Committee of Council, which meets four times a year. All applications are reviewed on merit. Once an application is approved, the candidate may be required to write the applicable professional examination and will be informed accordingly.

For an application to serve at a Pre-Registration Committee meeting, it must have been submitted in completion and be accepted by the Office of the Registrar at least 30 days prior to the date of the Pre-Registration Committee meeting. In other words, a successful and complete application will only serve at a committee meeting for consideration if its date of completion and approval by the Office of the Registrar is at least 30 days prior to the date of the committee meeting.

Pre-Registration Committee Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • 09 March 2020;

  • 08 June 2020;

  • 14 August 2020;

  • 15 October 2020.

Foreign-qualified Persons