Practice as a Medical Representative
In order to practice as a Medical Representative in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register to the Registry of Medical Representatives of the Cyprus Medical Representatives Registration Council, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.
The term “Medical Representative” refers to the person that provides scientific information on behalf of pharmaceutical companies to health officers (doctors, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists) regarding medicinal products that circulate in the market under their responsibility in order to ensure the proper usage of the medicinal products and safeguard the public health.
Who is Eligible
Every physical person is eligible to register to the Registry of Medical Representatives, provided that the Cyprus Medical Representatives Registration Council is satisfied that the following criteria are met:
- Is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus, or a spouse or child of a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and maintains his/hers usual residence in the Republic of Cyprus, or is a citizen of another EU member state;
- Is at least twenty one years old;
- Has graduated from a secondary school recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth;
- Has not been convicted of an offence of moral turpitude;
- Holds one of the following:
- a higher institute Diploma, accredited by the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KYSATS), in Medical Representatives, or Pharmaceuticals or Biology or Chemistry or other related field and has theoretical training in providing medical information for at least one month and practical experience of at least six months; or
- a tertiary education diploma in the field of medical representatives, recognized by The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA) and has theoretical training in providing medical information for at least one month and practical experience of at least one year and has passed the examinations organised by the Pharmaceutical Services. It is noted that in case the educational program is of three years, the practical exercise and the examinations are not mandatory.
Where to Apply
The application for registration can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Cyprus Medical Representatives Registration Council
Ministry of Health
Chilonos 1 and Prodromou 17, 1448 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22605412
Fax : +357 2222605529
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
- Copy of birth certificate;
- Copy of Certificate of Secondary Education Institute;
- True copy of diploma (certified by the issuing authority) or present the original;
- Original Clear Criminal Record Certificate;
- Two recent photographs;
- Registration fee of €17 (payable either by cash, cheque, or bank transfer).
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay to the Cyprus Medical Representatives Registration Council the licence fee of €17 (payable either by cash, cheque or bank transfer).
The renewal fee is €8.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The Registration Certificate is valid indefinitely. The licence is valid until the 31st of December of the year for which it has been issued; the renewal fee is €8.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
A person who is not satisfied by a Council decision may, within twenty (20) days of the date on which the Council’s decision is notified to him/her, challenge that decision by written Administrative Action to the Minister of Health; this provision is regulated in the Health Professionals Registration Councils (Exercise of Hierarchical Administrative Action) Law of 2017.
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such a decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated. However, such a revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
Registered Medical Representatives are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Law for the Registration of Medical Representatives of 2002, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to:
- Indicate within the documents used the phrase “registered medical representative” and the registration number to the Registry of Medical Representatives;
- Promote only medicinal products for which a circulation licence has been issued by the Registrar Drugs Council.