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Registration Requirements

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GENERAL

Subject to the provisions of the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap.138, Laws of Hong Kong), any person who intends to practise as a pharmacist in Hong Kong should first be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

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.

QUALIFICATION

An applicant must meet one of the following two criteria :

(a) he/she holds a pharmacy degree awarded by the University of Hong Kong or the Chinese University of Hong Kong after the completion of a full time course of study at that university; or
(b) 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.

EXAMINATION

An applicant must pass the Board’s written examinations in three subjects, namely, Pharmacy Legislation in Hong Kong, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacology, all of which are set in English.

At the discretion of the Board, applicants who hold a pharmacy degree awarded by the University of Hong Kong or the Chinese University of Hong Kong may be exempted from the requirement of passing the Board’s examinations.

TRAINING

Applicants who hold a pharmacy degree awarded by the University of Hong Kong or the Chinese University of Hong Kong after the completion of a full time course of study at the university are required to undergo Board-approved training in Hong Kong for an appropriate period determined by the Board, which will normally be one year, inclusive of a holiday entitlement of not more than 4 weeks.

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.

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.