New system for applying for a license to practice for pharmacists and prescriptionists

On 1 January 2017 our new system for licenses for pharmacists and prescriptionists educated outside the EU and EEA takes effect.

The new system applies for those of you who choose to go via the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and includes the following steps:

  1. Application for assessment of your education
     
  2. Taking a proficiency test
    Once your education has been assessed, the next step is taking a proficiency test. The new proficiency test consists of a theoretical part and a practical part, and the test is in Swedish.
     
  3. Taking a course in Swedish laws and regulations
    Once we notify you that you have passed the proficiency test, you must take a course in Swedish laws and regulations.
     
  4. Undergoing clinical training
    Once we notify you that you have passed the proficiency test, you must also undergo clinical training.
     
  5. Demonstrating your knowledge of Swedish
    You can start learning Swedish at any point, but you will have to demonstrate your language skills with a certificate or grade before applying for a licence.
     
  6. Submitting your license application

I am already in the system. What applies for me?

If you have submitted an application prior to 1 January 2017 for having your education assessed and have not yet received a notification from us regarding our decision, your application will be evaluated based on the new system.

If you have received a notification from us about taking a proficiency test, but have not yet taken it, you are included in the new system and need to take the new proficiency test.

If you have taken the old proficiency test once or twice without passing the test, you need to take the new proficiency test. You will have three new chances to pass the test. If you have taken the old proficiency test three times without passing the test, you cannot take the new proficiency test.

If you have passed the old proficiency test and it has been decided that you must take courses in pharmacotherapy, social pharmacy and rules and regulations, as well as undergo clinical training, there are two different alternatives. If you have already taken the courses in pharmacotherapy and social pharmacy, you must take a course in Swedish rules and regulations and undergo clinical training as stipulated in our decision notification. If you have not taken the courses in pharmacotherapy and social pharmacy, you must instead switch to the new system and take the new proficiency test. To switch to the new system, you need to request a reassessment of our decision. You do this by contacting us.

If the previous decision was not in your favour because the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare did not approve your education, you can apply anew and be judged in accordance with the new system.