How To Apply For Pharmacist In UAE: ABU Dhabi, Dubai

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Education Qualification, Eligibility Criteria & Application Procedure for Pharmacist Registration in UAE: ABU Dhabi, Dubai

UNIFIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS for the countries of , Ministry of Health – UAE, Department of Health –Abu Dhabi, Dubai Health Authority.

The Health Regulatory Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) represented by : the Ministry of Health (MOH), Department of Health –Abu Dhabi and Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

General Requirements for Pharmacist Licensure

1. Educational Qualifications

  • Qualifications must be issued by institutions/ colleges recognized in home country.
  • The Authorities will evaluate and accept qualifications in accordance to the following criteria:
    • The country and institution from which the qualification was awarded.
    • The level of national /international recognition of the qualification.
    • The duration and content of study, and the presence of clinical practice/ practical training.
  • Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are NOT counted towards the PQR requirements.
  • Post qualifications/ sub-specialty qualifications attained must be from one of the recognized countries and relevant to the Primary specialty.
Clinical PharmacistPharmD or Doctor of Pharmacy (Minimum six (6) years course duration)

BSc in Pharmacy
Two (2) years post graduate qualification leading to a PharmD or Doctor of Pharmacy or Masters in clinical pharmacy
Minimum of two (2) years’ experience post qualification in related field in hospital setting
PharmacistBSc in Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy
Minimum of two (2) years’ experience post qualification in related field
Pharmacy TechnicianDiploma in Pharmacy program (Minimum two (2) years course duration)Minimum of two (2) years’ experience post qualification in related field
Professional Qualification Requirement: Pharmacy for Abu Dhabi

2. Experience


  • UAE nationals are not required to do internship post-graduation.
  • Non UAE nationals: Graduates from the UAE universities are required to complete six (6) months internship post-graduation in an approved practice settings.


  • The applicant’s experience must be relevant to the title applied for, and must have been accomplished in an appropriate setting licensed by the health regulatory authority in the country of practice.
  • The applicant’s experience must be Hands on clinical experience gained by a licensed healthcare professional during a salaried employment/contractual period and it excludes volunteer jobs, Observership, or clinical attachment.

3. Professional License and Good Standing Status

  • The applicant must have a valid professional license to practice, or registration (Where applicable) from home country and/or country of last employment.
  • The validity of the license/registration (Where applicable) should cover the minimum required experiences for the applied title.
  • The applicant shall provide Good Standing Certificate/GSC that meets the following requirements:
    • Valid and not older than six (6) months at the time of application for licensure covering the minimum required experiences for the applied title.
    • Issued by the health regulatory authority in the country(s) of last employment. In countries that lack regulatory bodies GSC may be accepted if issued officially from last employer.
  • The applicant must declare that he/she has never been convicted with any legal cases, medical malpractice during his/her practice of the healthcare profession or he/she is currently under investigation.

4. Primary Source Verification of Professional Documents & Degree

  • The documents required for licensing shall be verified directly from the original or primary source.
  • These documents include but not limited to: educational qualification(s), experience certificate(s), professional license(s) and/or any other documents deemed necessary by the Authorities.

5. Assessment or Evaluation examination

  • UAE nationals are exempted from the Authority examinations, conditions may apply in accordance to Authority standards.
  • Non-UAE Healthcare Professionals are required to pass the Authority’s assessment in order to obtain the professional license in the UAE.
  • All assessments will be conducted in English language and no translator is allowed to attend the oral assessment.
  • The applicant is granted a total of three (3) attempts to pass the assessment across the Authorities. After the third attempt the applicant is not allowed to apply for a lower or equivalent title.
  • Healthcare professionals who successfully completed certain international examinations and/or hold an active registration/license to practice with certain regulatory bodies will be exempted from the assessment required to obtain the professional license (Exam Equivalency Criteria) as mentioned in table below

Note: Exempted from all components of the competency based assessment (Examination)

Applicants demonstrating a valid registration /examination pass record of the Authorities’ recognized international examinations (Shown below in table) will be exempted from all components of the competency based assessment (Examination) as defined by the PQR.

CountryEquivalency Registration
AustraliaThe Australian Pharmacy Board
CanadaRegistration of any board member under National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA)
IrelandPharmaceutical Society of Ireland
New ZealandThe Pharmacy council of NZ
UKThe General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
USARegistration of any board member under National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
For Clinical Pharmacist & Pharmacists

6. Fees

Application FeesAED 100
Licence Issuance for Pharmacists, Nurses and Allied HealthAED 300
Licence Issuance for Pharmacy TechniciansAED 150

Important Point:

  • The experience requirement for Clinical Pharmacist may be fulfilled by the successful completion of a recognized Residency program in Clinical Pharmacy of minimum two (2) years duration.
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technician experience with pharmaceutical companies or sales representative is not accepted.
  • Now B.Pharmacy (B.Pharm) & M.Pharmacy candidates are not eligible for Pharmacist job in Abudhabi.

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