Structure of the proficiency test

The proficiency test for pharmacists with a degree from outside of the EU/EEA assesses both theoretical and practical knowledge. The test therefore has two parts - a theoretical part and a practical part, taken on separate days. Both parts are split into different sections. You need to receive a passing grade in each section on the same occasion in order to pass that part of the proficiency test.

The test is administered in Swedish. A part of the theoretical test includes a scientific test in English. If you do not pass the test on your first attempt you will from that day on have a time limit of 24 months to pass it.

When will the proficiency tests be given?

The first proficiency test is arranged 25 Tuesday 2017. Two dates will be arrange in autumn 2017 and in 2018, four tests are being planned. 

Where will the proficiency tests be given?

The proficiency test will be given in Uppsala in spring 2017. The goal is for proficiency tests to be held in other locations around Sweden. Physical attendance at the test location you signed up for is required. More information about the test locations will be provided at a later date.

Theoretical test

The theoretical part of the proficiency test aims to assess whether the individual taking the test has sufficient knowledge and skills to work as a pharmacist in Sweden. The questions are divided between the various disciplines of chemistry, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and reflects the pharmacy programmes taught at Uppsala University.

Practical test

The practical part of the proficiency test assesses the individual's skills and professional working ability as a pharmacist.

A prerequisite for taking the practical part is that you have passed the theoretical part of the proficiency test.The practical test is taken over a course of a day, a few weeks after the theoretical test.


The theoretical test is conducted over the course of a day on a computer provided by the university in an exam hall. The theoretical test consists of a number of sections. The type of questions includes multiple choice questions, that is, check-response questions. For the theoretical test, the applicant has a maximum of three attempts.

The practical test is implemented primarily in the form of OSCE circles (OCSE: Assessment of clinical competence using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination). Read more about the OSCE. For the practical test, the applicant has a maximum of two attempts.

How to apply for the proficiency test for pharmacists

In order to be able to apply for the proficiency test, your degree must be assessed by National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

You will be able to apply for the proficiency from 1 March. The applications closes 15 March.

Go to application

After you have applied to the test, Uppsala University will notify the National Board of Health and Welfare about who has applied, and the National Board of Health and Welfare will decide whether the test will be implemented.

When this decision has been made, Uppsala University will send out an invitation to the test. It is therefore important that you have entered a correct email address and that you check it regularly!

There is a maximum of 100 places for the test in April 2017. Therefore, apply only if you are sure you want to do the test since the places are limited. If you are prevented from going, report this immediately to Shima Momeni,, so your place can be given to someone else.