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Practising as a Pharmacist



Description

In order to practice as a pharmacist in the Republic of Cyprus, one must be entered in the Register of Pharmacists by the Pharmacy Board, to the provisions of the Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap. 254), as periodically ammended.

The term "pharmacist " means a person who is registered as a pharmacist under the provisions of the above law.

Hide details for Eligibility CriteriaEligibility Criteria

Every natural person is eligible to register as a pharmacist, provided that the Pharmacy Board is satisfied that the following criteria are met:

  • is at least 21 years old;
  • is a citizen of the Republic or spouse or child of a citizen of the Republic who is a resident in Cyprus or a citizen of another Member State;
  • holds a diploma, certificate or other university or equivalent title as those referred to in Annex I (see the legislation in the "Relevant Links") or holds a diploma, certificate or other title not referred to in Annex I, but complies with the requirements of Annex II, is recognised by theCyprus Council of Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S.) and is approved by the Pharmacy Board or, is covered by the provisions of Article 9A;
  • is a person of good character. To prove this, the applicant shall present a Clear Criminal Record Certificate (issued by the Cyprus Police) or, in the case of a national of another Member State, a copy of the criminal record or an attestation or other equivalent document from the Member State of establishment (origin), provided that the certificate does not exceed a period of three months from the date of issue;
  • is a person with the necessary mental health for practicing the pharmacy profession. To prove this, the applicant shall provide a certificate issued by a doctor who is lawfully practising medicine in the Republic or in another Member State, provided that the certificate does not exceed a period of three months from the date of issue.

The Pharmacy Board may request from the person who submits an application for registration and does not possess a diploma, certificate or other university or equivalent title referred in Annex I or in Article 9A to:
  • pass the pharmacist registration examination, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant regulations, which may provide for the imposition of fees for participation in the pharmacist registration examination;
  • present evidence to the satisfaction of the Pharmacy Board that he/she has acquired such professional practice in pharmacy that the Pharmacy Board would deem sufficient. The professional practice may have been acquired either in the Republic or in a Member State or in a Third Country, for a period of at least one year. The Pharmacy Board may decide to regulate the procedure and the requirements relating to professional practice in pharmacy.

Hide details for Application ProcedureApplication Procedure

The application form for pharmacist registration (see ' Related Documents ') can be submitted directly to the Competent Authority:

Pharmacy Board
Pharmaceutical Services
1475 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22 608 637 / +357 22 608 684
Fax : +357 22 608 793
Email: phscentral@phs.moh.gov.cy, mpapaioannou@phs.moh.gov.cy
Website: http://www.moh.gov.cy/phs


1- If the applicant does not possess a diploma, certificate or other university or equivalent title referred to in Annex I or in Article 9A:

The original completed application form must be accompanied by the following documents:
  • Photocopy of the Birth Certificate;
  • Photocopy of a civil ID or passport (marriage certificate or Permanent Residency Certificate may be requested);
  • Original or certified/true copy of a Degree/Diploma/Certificate or other title in Pharmacy (plus an official translation in case the document is not in Greek or English);
  • Original Pharmacy Practice Experience certificate validated by the competent authority (12 months after the 4th year of study);
  • Original Mental Health certificate or declaration from a psychiatrist or neurologist of the home Member State which states that the person has the necessary mental health for practising the profession of a pharmacist (valid for three months);
  • Original Clear Criminal Record Certificate (valid for three months);
  • Letter or copy of letter of success in the pharmacist registration exams of the Pharmacy Board;
  • Copy of proof of payment of the registration fee of €100 (see ' Payment of Fees ' below).

2- If the applicant holds a diploma, certificate or other university or equivalent title listed in Annex I or in Article 9A:

The original completed application form must be accompanied by the following documents:
  • Photocopy of the Birth Certificate;
  • Photocopy of a civil ID or passport (marriage certificate or Permanent Residency Certificate may be requested);
  • Original or certified/true copy of a Degree/Diploma/Certificate or other title in Pharmacy (plus an official translation in case the document is not in Greek or English);
  • Original or certified/true copy of the Licence for Practicing the Pharmacy Profession by the Competent Authority of the Member State (for citizens of other Member States);
  • Certificate of Good Standing and Compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC by the competent authority of the Member State (that the applicant has not been prohibited from exercising his/her activities even temporarily at the time of granting the certificate);
  • Original Pharmacy Practice Experience certificate (optional);
  • Official proof from the Competent Authority for acquired professional experience in Pharmacy for at least three consecutive years during the last five years if possible (mandatory if the title is covered by the provisions of Article 9A);
  • Original Mental Health certificate or declaration from a psychiatrist or neurologist of the home Member State which states that the person has the necessary mental health for practising the profession of a pharmacist (valid for three months);
  • Original Clear Criminal Record Certificate (valid for three months);
  • Copy of proof of payment of the registration fee of €100 (see ' Payment of Fees ' below).

* If the applicant holds a diploma, certificate or other title from a third country, shall also attach:
  • An original or certified copy of a certificate Degree Recognition, by the Cyprus Council for the assessment of Diplomas (KY.S.A.T.S.);

A person who operates a pharmacy business must have sufficient knowledge of the Greek language and professional experience of at least 6 months in the Republic or in a Member State (see ' Operating a Pharmacy in the "Related Links ').

In accordance with Articles 4(3)(b) and 9B of the Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap. 254), if a person wishes to operate a pharmacy business or carry out any other activity related to the supply of medicinal products to the public in Cyprus, the Pharmacy Board may request additional practical training in Cyprus. The duration of the additional practical training in Cyprus will be determined by the Pharmacy Board on a case by case basis.

Informing the Applicant – Receipt of Application and Adoption of a Decision

The Pharmacy Board acknowledges receipt of the application within one month of receiving the application and informs the applicant for any missing documents.

The applicant is informed regarding the licensing decision within a maximum of three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.

Payment of Fees

The registration fee is paid only electronically via the JCCSMART service through the link
https://www.jccsmart.com/ebill/merchants/4888/outlets/384/invoices/classified Point [99] PHARMACISTS ' REGISTRATION FEES) or at the accounting department of Pharmaceutical Services.

Certificate Validity

The registration certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed from the date of issue.

The Registration Certificate is issued within 5 working days after the Pharmacy Board's decision.

Appeal Procedure – Appeal against a Competent Authority's Decision

The Pharmacy Board shall decide on the registration of the applicant in the Pharmacists Register within three months of the date on which the application has been duly submitted. If the Pharmacy Board does not adopt a decision within the predefined period, the applicant has the right to appeal under Article 146 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.

In case the application is rejected, the Pharmacy Board shall draw up a reasoned decision and notify the applicant. Against the rejection decision, the applicant has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court under Article 146 of the Constitution.


Hide details for Obligations & SupervisionObligations & Supervision

Registered pharmacists are obliged to comply with the provisions of the following laws as well as the relevant secondary legislation issued on the basis of them, as those apply/are in force at any given period of time, to the extent which those relate to/concern the practicing of the Pharmacy profession:

(a) The Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap. 254);

(b) The Medicinal Products for Human Use (Quality, Supply and Price Control) Law;

(c) The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law,

(d) The Pharmacists (Associations, Discipline and Pensions Fund) law.

Among other, they have the following obligations:

1. Operating a pharmacy according to the regulations Regulatory Administrative Act 281/2000 on Specifications for Establishment and Operation of Pharmacies & New Regulatory Administrative Act 161/2019;

2. Book-keeping (prescription register, controlled medicines (narcotics), purchases, duplicates of receipts);

3. Supply of prescription-only/controlled medicines only in accordance with a Doctor's prescription;

4. Selling only medicinal products which have a marketing authorisation in the Republic of Cyprus);

5. Sale of medicinal products at the price specified in the annual Pricel List issued by the Pharmaceutical Services, price must be stated on all products, check of the expiry date of medicines;

6. Full-day opening and on-call service according to the Pharmacy Board's Notification

Important: Only pharmacists employed in registered pharmacies are permitted to dispense prescriptions and to sell or supply medicinal products to any persons.

Competent Authority Supervision

Pharmacy Board: The Competent authority on Pharmacy issues.

The Registrar removes a registered pharmacist from the Pharmacists Register in the following cases:

(a) due to death;
(b) If the Pharmacy Board finds that his/her name has been erroneously entered in the register, without holding the necessary qualifications and other prerequisites for registration as per the provisions of the Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap. 254) ;
(c) If the Pharmacy Council is satisfied that he/she is not capable, due to a physical or mental illness, to practise the profession safely and competently:

Authorized inspectors from the Minister of Health: inspection of existing and prospective private pharmacies in Cyprus.

Disciplinary Council: Responsible for compliance with the provisions of The Pharmacists (Associations, Discipline and Pensions Fund) law and the provisions of the Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap. 254).

A pharmacist is subject to disciplinary prosecution:
  • If convicted by a court for an offence involving a lack of honesty or moral obscenity;
  • If at the time of practicing the profession showed indecent behaviour or behaviour incompatible with the pharmacy profession;
  • If he/she succeeded in registering as a pharmacist under the Pharmacy and Poisons Law by false or fraudulent actions.

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Pancyprian Pharmaceutical Association


Website: https://www.cpa.org.cy/



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