If you are a Pharmacist and willing to apply for a Pharmacy license in any of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates then you should obtain a Pharmacy license from any of the states in UAE.

Moh UAE is composed of the following different entities

  • Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP)
  • Department of Health-Abu Dhabi (HAAD)
  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
  • Sharjah Health Authority (SHA)

Below is the guide to help to understand the details of very important steps on how to take a Moh UAE Pharmacy license officially.

This guide will also help you identify this process including all of the qualifications requirements, educational requirements and criteria, language requirement proficiency and fee structure.

Pharmacist MOH UAE Exam Details Pharmacist

Pharmacy Speciality Requirements

صيدلي متخصص
BSc in Pharmacy/PharmD/Doctor of Pharmacy
One (1) year post-graduate qualification in one of the specialities listed below table
Two (2) years of experience post qualification in a related field
Two (2) years of experience post-qualification in a related fieldNo experience required
Clinical Pharmacist
صيدلي سريري
BSc in Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Residency program (Minimum two (2) years duration)
No experience required*
PharmD or Doctor of Pharmacy (minimum six (6) years course duration)Two (2) years experience post-qualification in a related field with a minimum of six (6) months in the hospital setting
BSc in Pharmacy
Two (2) years post-graduate qualification leading to a PharmD or Doctor of Pharmacy or master’s in clinical pharmacy
BSc in PharmacyTwo (2) years of experience post-qualification in a related field
Doctor of Pharmacy
فني الصيدلة
Diploma in Pharmacy
program (minimum two (2) years course duration)
Two (2) years of experience post-qualification in a related field
*In compliance with the Discontinuity of Practice (Gap of Practice) criteria
Note: Experience with pharmaceutical companies or sales representatives are not accepted

Pharmacy Speciality List

Below is the full list of pharmacy specialities available to be listed in Moh UAE.

Pharmacy Specialtyمسمى التخصص
Compounding Pharmacistصيدلي – التحضيرات الصيدلانية
Oncology Pharmacistصيدلي – الأورام
Cardiology Pharmacistصيدلي – أمراض القلب
Critical care Pharmacistصيدلي – العناية المركزة
Geriatric Pharmacistصيدلي – الشيخوخة
Infectious diseases Pharmacistصيدلي – الأمراض المعدية
Nuclear Pharmacistصيدلي – الصيدلة النووية
Nutrition Support Pharmacistصيدلي – التغذية العلاجية
Pediatric Pharmacistصيدلي – الأطفال
Pharmacotherapist Pharmacistصيدلي – العلاج الدوائي
Psychiatry Pharmacistصيدلي – الطب النفسي
Medication Safety Pharmacistصيدلي – السلامة الدوائية
Drug information Pharmacistصيدلي – المعلومات الدوائية
Ambulatory Care Pharmacistصيدلي – الرعاية الصحية الخارجية
Clinical Pharmacology Pharmacistصيدلي – علم العقاقير الإكلينيكي
Clinical Toxicology Pharmacistصيدلي – علم السموم الإكلينيكي

Are Pharmacists Allied Health Professionals?

Yes, Pharmacists are categorized under Allied Health professionals by the Ministry of Health, UAE across all states

Allied Healthcare professionals applying for a license must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Must be graduates from National and/or internationally recognized colleges/universities.
  • Qualifications can be considered acceptable for the required title if it has been equalized by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) as equivalent to the qualification listed in this PQR
  • Required Bachelor’s degree must be a minimum of three (3) years full-time course duration.
  • Qualifications acquired through honorary nature; correspondence, or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.
  • Applicants must hold a valid License/Registration to practice in their home country and/or country of last employment (where applicable).
    Assistant allied healthcare professionals cannot work independently and shall work under a licensed Allied Healthcare professional.
  • The academic transcript must be submitted for credentialing purposes in which the determination of disciplines shall be applied.
  • In addition to the titles that do not require experience; Allied Healthcare Professionals with a valid license/registration issued by the countries listed in the table below are exempted from the required experience, provided that the applicants fulfil the following:
  • The qualification was obtained within the recent two (2) years OR there is no Gap of Practice since the last day of employment.
  • Submit a valid Good Standing Certificate.
  • Complete the Primary Source Verification of qualifications, experience, and license/registration documents

UAE Graduates

  • For UAE graduates, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Education (MOE/NQA).
  • Higher diploma certificates issued by The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as
    per MOE standards.

Foreign Country Graduates

  • One (1) year duration program can be accepted if attained from one of the following countries Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

English Proficiency

  • Provide one of the below proof of English language proficiency if the healthcare professional did not complete the university studies in English or if his/her license is issued by a non-English speaking country as mentioned in the list above.
    • TOEFL score of not less than 500
    • A score of not less than 0.5
    • Occupational English Test (OET) of not less than C
    • Cambridge Assessment English score of not less than 169

UAE Nationals & Children of Emirati Women

  • UAE National and Children of Emirati Women allied healthcare graduates of UAE or non-UAE universities are exempted from the experience and clinical training requirements for the applied title (Children of Emirati Women must submit a copy of their birth
    certificate and the mother’s family book).
  • Non-UAE national graduate allied healthcare professionals from UAE universities must successfully complete six (6) months of clinical training post-graduation in an APS health facility (except when no experience is required for the title).

GCC nationals

  • GCC nationals are required to complete six (6) months of clinical training post-graduation in an APS health facility (except when no experience is required for the title).

Masters PhD Candidates

  • Master/Ph.D. (In the area of speciality) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/Ph.D. degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.
  • Required Master’s or postgraduate qualifications must be a minimum of two (2) years full-time course duration.

For more updates on UAE Pharmacy Licensing exam details keep following this guide. This guide is updated regularly on the basis of updates given for Pharmacist and pharmacy specialities from the Ministry of Health, UAE.

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