Foreign-qualified persons holding qualifications acceptable for registration as either a Pharmacist or Pharmacy Support Personnel, may submit an application to be recognised and registered as such by the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC). In order to practise Pharmacy in South Africa, registration with the SAPC in a relevant category is legally mandatory; as such, persons who practise without such registration are committing a criminal offence and may be criminally prosecuted.
2023 Application Forms for foreign-qualified persons (South Africans and non-South Africans)
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- 2023 Application for Temporary Registration for foreigners for volunteer service.pdf
2023 Examination Application Forms
- 2023 Professional Examinations Pharm Prac and Ethics
- 2023 Study guide Professional Exam
Further information on the application process and the practice of pharmacy in South Africa is available in the 2023 SAPC Foreign Graduate Registration Guidelines Brochure.
Supporting documentation (To be submitted directly to Council by the appropriate authority)
- Mapping Instrument for evaluation of Foreign Qualification (Bachelor of Pharmacy or Equivalent) application form. Click here to download the application form.
- An original letter of confirmation from the institution where the above qualification was obtained stating that the above applicant enrolled as a student and qualified at that institution
- An original letter of Good Standing issued by the regulatory body of the country in which the above qualification was obtained or the institution where the qualification was obtained
- Information regarding the syllabus and curriculum of the degree/diploma in pharmacy stamped and submitted by the institution where training was undertaken; information required for verification
Supporting documentation and applicable fees to be submitted by the applicant with the application form
- Application form approved by Council and proof of payment of the prescribed fee;
- Certified copy of the Identity Document/Passport;
- Original SAQA evaluation certificate; SAQA consent form
- Original letter of confirmation from the institution or examining body where the above qualification was obtained stating that the applicant was enrolled as a student and qualified at that institution;
- Certified copy of the qualification or a combination of qualifications in pharmacy that will permit registration as a pharmacist in the country of origin, i.e. Bachelor of Pharmacy or equivalent;
- Certified copy of transcript from the university;
- Original International English Language Testing System Certificate (IELTS) overall band score 6, except for South African citizens who obtained their secondary education in SA (certified copy of the National Senior Certificate or equivalent is required);
- Certified copy of proof of registration as a pharmacist with the regulatory body or proof that the qualification obtained allows for registration as a pharmacist in the country where qualification was obtained. Only a certified copy of the qualification is required for South African citizens;
- Proof of practical training or internship from the regulatory body (if completed);
- Proof of work experience post registration as a pharmacist;
- Letter of support from Department of Health Foreign Workforce Management Programme (FWMP) only in the event of a person requiring a work permit;
- Police clearance from country of origin; and
- Clearance certificate from SAPS, if candidate has been in South Africa for more than two years.
Duly completed online application forms along with all the required supporting documentation must be submitted to the South African Pharmacy Council via email on email@example.com and hand deliver/courier original documents to 591 Belvedere Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083 OR by post at Private Bag X 40040, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001. Incomplete applications or applications missing supporting documentation will not be accepted.