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Purpose

To ensure that premises and individuals are licensed in accordance with laid down regulations and also enforce decisions of Pharmacy Council through proper screening of applications/applicants and timely communication of Pharmacy Council decisions to the affected applicants/individuals.

GUIDELINES FOR PHARMACY INTERNSHIP TRAINING AND REGISTRATION IN GHANA

    The Council considers applications from both local and foreign trained pharmacists who wish to practice pharmacy in Ghana. This information pack gives details of the application procedure.

    • APPLICATION

    To be eligible to apply, you must have completed a pharmacy course that is comparable to the Pharmacy degree in Ghana. You must be registered or eligible to register as a pharmacist overseas. The Council will consider your application and may determine whether you are eligible for registration or not.

    There are a number of stages in the application procedure which are set out in the information pack. The first stage involves preliminary consideration of the documents listed in the ‘How to Apply’ section on the page 4 of the information pack.
    You may be required to satisfy one of the following to be eligible for registration in Ghana.

    • Foreign Trained  pharmacists (Newly Graduated)
      • To undertake twelve (12) months of internship training at an accredited institution.
      • To pass the council’s registration examination.
    • Foreign Trained Pharmacists (Practicing Overseas Pharmacist)
    • To undertake three (3) months internship training at an accredited institution.
    • pass the Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examination (GPPQE)

     

    N.B. Graduates from WHO recognized academic institutions are accredited institutions for the award of Pharmacy Degrees and Equivalent qualifications.

     

    • DOCUMENTATION
      • You must submit a full history of your qualifications and experience together with the application fee before any application is considered.
      • Your documents are then assessed by the Education and Training Department (ETD) of the council.
    • Variations in your name

    Your name on all the documents you submit must be exactly the same. If there are any variations in your name within or between documents you must provide a declaration sworn before a solicitor, of those variations and additional documentation which may be required.

    • Certified copies

    A ‘Certified copy’ is a copy of the original that has been marked as ‘a copy of the original’ and signed and dated by a solicitor or an equivalent legal witness from the country in which you were trained or registered as a pharmacist.

    • Submission of documents

    After you have arranged for a full copy of your academic record or confirmation of registration to be sent direct to the council, please send all the remaining documents to the Pharmacy Council at the same time and ensure that your name appears on each document.
    In general all the documents listed in the ‘How to Apply’ section must be received by the Council before your application will be considered by the ETD.

    • Additional documentation

    The Council reserves the right to request any additional documentation at any time.

      • HOW TO APPLY

    If your original documents are not in English, you must submit an English version of all documents duly certified. 

    • All documents must be supported by a statutory declaration to the effect that they are genuine and relate to you.
    • The statutory declaration is enclosed at page 9 and must be completed in the presence of a solicitor or an equivalent witness and must be accompanied by all of the following documentation.
    • Foreign trained  Pharmacists (fresh graduates)
    • An application letter for the internship programme.
    • A completed copy of the Pharmacy Council’s application form.
    • A certified true copy of your degree certificate.
    • A transcript from you   training institutions.
    • A certified copy of your birth certificate and a certified copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable)
    • A copy of your work permit in your passport. (for non-Ghanaian applicants)
    • .A recent passport size photograph bearing on the back:
    • Your usual signature
    • The statement ‘This is the true likeness and signature’
    • Certification by the solicitor who certified your statutory declaration

         

    • Foreign trained Pharmacists (Practising Overseas Pharmacist)
    • An application to the Registrar for the internship.
    • A completed, signed and dated copy of Council’s application form (enclosed in the information pack).
    • The original or certified true copy of your Pharmacy degree certificate or its equivalent.
    • A transcript from your training institution posted directly to the Council
    • .A recent passport size photograph bearing on the back:
    • Your usual signature
    • The statement ‘This is the true likeness and signature’
    • Certification by the solicitor who certified your statutory declaration
    • A copy of your current curriculum vitae with dates and evidence of:
      • Practical training you undertook before registration as a pharmacist
      • Your work experience since registration as a pharmacist (i.e.  Reference   letters from your previous or current employer).
    • A certified copy of your birth certificate and a certified copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable)
    • A certified copy of your passport (for non-Ghanaian applicants)
    • A copy of your work permit in your passport. (for non-Ghanaian applicants)
    • .A recent passport size photograph bearing on the back:
    • Your usual signature
    • The statement ‘This is the true likeness and signature’
    • Certification by the solicitor who certified your statutory declaration.

    NB 
    Please arrange for the following two documents to be sent direct to the Pharmacy Council by the relevant institutions marked for the attention of the REGISTRAR.
               

    • A full transcript of your academic record throughout the course including the marks you obtained in all subjects examined at the end of each academic year of study together with details of the class of degree awarded. This must be certified by the Registrar of the University or academic body concerned.
    • A letter from your registration authority or body that grants you the license to practice as a Pharmacist in the country which states that you are registered and in good standing with that authority or are eligible and have been registered if relevant to register and that no adverse information is known about you. This letter must also confirm where and when you obtained your degree in pharmacy, your date of birth and registered address.
    • REFERENCES
    • In the case of the references, please arrange for the letters to be sent directly to the Pharmacy Council and they should be marked for the attention of the REGISTRAR.
    • Two references from professionals such as previous employers or university lecturers who can vouch to your good character. One reference must be from a person who has known you as a practising pharmacist in your country of origin.
    • Referees should clearly indicate that their reference has been submitted in support of your application to register with the Pharmacy Council of Ghana.

    NB
    Please ensure that all referees and relevant institutions provide the certified translations of all documents which are not originally in English.

      • PRE-REGISTRATION TRAINING/INTERNSHIP.
        • The goal of the internship programme

    To provide a means of building up for the future a competent professional     pharmacist who provides quality pharmaceutical care.
    To facilitate and offer for the information of the intern what is expected of him/her by the council and the public.
    To expose the foreign trained pharmacist to the practice of pharmacy in Ghana

      • Objectives
    • To train pharmacists for careers in pharmaceutical services.
    • To train intern pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care.
    • To equip and improve the professional skills of the intern.
    • To provide an understanding of the role of the pharmacists in the health care team.
    • To foster widespread and thorough understanding of the mandate of the pharmacist to the public he/she serves.
    • To understand the scope of pharmacy practice in Ghana through practical exposure.
    • To provide practice-based educational programme for improving quality assurance methods that pharmacists apply to their work.
    • To provide understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory principles that affects the pharmacy profession.

    You will usually be required to satisfactorily complete 12 months approved internship training at an accredited institution if you are a newly trained pharmacist or a 3 months approved internship training at an accredited institution if you are a foreign practicing pharmacist else and wish to practice in Ghana.

      • The three main areas in which the internship training is undertaken are:-
        • A hospital pharmacy
        • A community pharmacy
        • A pharmaceutical industry

     

          • Minimum training requirements
    The pharmacy you choose must be approved for internship training and the trainer must be a recognised internship trainer in relation to the competence