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Consultation opens on European Professional Card for pharmacists

20 May, 14 | by ltempler

The European Commission has opened a short consultation (deadline 2nd June) on technical matters related to the prospective introduction of a European Professional Card for pharmacists.

The system, which emerges immediately from the recently revised Professional Qualifications Directive (January 2014), has the aim of speeding up the time it takes for an individual seeking to work in another EU country to have their qualifications recognized in another country.

The European Professional Card will not come in the form of a physical card, but rather will be an online portal system. An individual will upload relevant identity and qualification documents for recognition by their home ‘competent authority’ (e.g. a professional qualification regulator, such as a chamber of pharmacy). This will then enable them to have an immediately accessible repository of their qualification documentation, verified at their home level, for a competent authority in another country to recognize. It will prevent lengthy exchanges of documentation that can take place at the present time, blamed for some very slow recognition times.

Pharmacy, alongside the medical profession, nursing profession, engineering profession and others, is one of the professional groups the European Commission are minded to give early support to in creating the system.

Although the current consultation is aimed at professional organisations and authorities within EU countries, all interested parties are invited to take part.

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists intend to make a short response to the consultation offering measured support for the introduction of the European Professional Card for the pharmacy profession, highlighting the need for mechanisms for individuals to be able to include advanced and specialized qualifications, and for the system to be cogniscant of the possibility that individuals could hold qualifications gained from more than one country, throwing up potential definition issues regarding the “home authority” in charge of verifying.

EAHP Members are welcome to review the consultation and consider their own responses.

This information was originally published on the EAHP website. More detail can be found here

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