Singapore Pharmacy Licensing for International Pharmacists

Singapore Pharmacy Licensing for Pharmacist is governed by Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC). It is extensively governed by the Ministry of Health Singapore, Moh Singapore. Both bodies are working tirelessly for the betterment of Pharmacy Profession in the region by working on the basic pharmacy structure and more importantly on the continued education of Pharmacist itself.

Road to be a Pharmacist in Singapore starts from the website of MOH Singapore. You can find a separate section for Foreign trained Pharmacists and the complete procedure to get Singapore Pharmacist License.

Any who is willing to work in Singapore should comply with the requirements set by the Singapore Pharmacist Council (SPC) which includes
  • Candidate applying must obtain Pharmacy degree from these universities only. In short they are only accepting students from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, United States of America, Ireland, New Zealand only. 
  • Candidate must have a job offer letter to initiate a procedure of registration.That job offer letter must be with SPC approved training centers only. Full list of SPC approved training centers.
Documents Requirements for Singapore Pharmacy License
Here are all the documents which will be needed by a candidate to submit to SPC for a license. All original documents must be verified by the SPC Secretariat before an application is sent to the Registrar. Application is approved according to the decision of the council. A time period of 5 to 7 days (working) should be allowed for the process of approval from the registrar and processing, in order to star the pr-registration training.
  • Original pharmacy qualification transcript along with the Letter of verification on period of pharmacy study will be directly submitted from the university of pharmacy where candidate has complete the studies.
  • Original Letter of Good Standing will be submitted directly from foreign registration authority of the country of originality of the candidate
  • Personal Identification document
  • Registration certificate with accepted foreign registration authority
  • Pharmacist registration evidence status with accepted foreign authority.
  • Degree scroll or basic pharmacy qualification
  • Job offer letter for pre-registration training position from SPC-approved training institution.
  • Testimonials which will be original. These should not date back more than 6 months ago from date of application from at-least last 2 employers.
  • Curriculum Vitae (original) mentioning all relevant education details and work experience details
  • Duly signed Pre-Req application form by preceptor and pharmacy manager
  • English proficiency evidence. This requirement is only for those candidates which studied pharmacy other than UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
Check full list Pharmacy Universities allowed to send their candidates for Singapore Pharmacy Registration. 
Moreover, 1 day before appointment should be with SPC for pre-registration.

For documents to be sent directly to SPC via normal mail, please send to:
SINGAPORE PHARMACY COUNCIL College of Medicine Building 16 College Road #01-01 Singapore 169854

For documents to be sent directly to SPC via registered mail or couriered services, please send to: SINGAPORE PHARMACY COUNCIL 81 Kim Keat Road NKF Centre, Level 9 Singapore 328836 Tel: (65) 6478 5068 Fax: (65) 6478 5069

Approval of an application is dependent on Council's decision. An applicant should allow 5 to 7 working days for processing and prior approval letter from Registrar which will be issues to them before they can start their pre-registration training.

Pre-Registration Approval
If a candidate got pre-registration approval he can start training in the approved training centers. Training period will be from 3 months to 12 months.

Applicant have to take test a compulsory test of Forensic Examination relating to Pharmacy Laws of Singapore and Competency Exam for Assessment

Forensic exams are conducted 3 times a year. Upcoming Singapore Pharmacy Law exams will be help on following dates
  • 11 November 2014
  • 28 April 2015
  • 3 August 2015
  • 2 November 2015
Fees for the compulsory Singapore pharmacy forensic or law exam will be S$300.

An examination should be taken with SPC and an application should be submitted with application form and payment at least 2 weeks before examination date.

Passing marks for Forensic Exam are 60.

Singapore Competency Examinations / Assessments
These exams are conducted 4 times a year. Upcoming exams will be conducted on following dates
  • 1 September 2014 
  • 1 December 2014 
  • 9 February 2015 
  • 8 June 2015 
  • 7 September 2015 
  • 7 December 2015
Exam date for pharmacy examination / assessment exam with SPC should be booked. Application form will be submitted at least 2 weeks before examination / assessment date. Note upto now there is no oversees centers for these examinations or assessments.

Once two of these exams Forensic Examination and fulfilling criteria for pre-registration applicant may now apply for conditional registration to Council office. Application should be submitted with following documents
Pre-Registration Pharmacists Evaluation Summary Form
Application for Registration Form with Registration feed of S$250
Notification of Forensic Examination passing result conducted by SPC
Singapore Pharmacy Practicing Certificate Application Form and application feed of S$500.

If approved by Registrar, a conditional registration certificate will be issues by council to applicant.
The applicant can now start work as pharmacist under Conditional Registration with approved institution or company.

Conditions which rule to the Practise for Pharmacists on Conditional Registration

  • Restricted to practice in SPC special areas. 
  • Supervisory Framework by registered pharmacist with minimum of 3 years working experience.
  • Could be pharmacist-in-charge but subject to Supervisory Framework.

After its completion of conditional registration applicant may now apply for Full Registration.
Congratulations. Finally!

Good luck for your process of Singapore Pharmacy License where you will not only be satisfied but you will gain experience and give value to your degree. You will be amazed by the advancement in health industry in Singapore.Although all these conditions, procedures seem difficult but you will excel with these to become a top notch Pharmacist.

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