Proficiency test for pharmacists

Uppsala University has been commissioned by the National Board of Health and Welfare to be nationally responsible for conducting a proficiency test of pharmacists who have a foreign degree.

The purpose of the proficiency ​test is to ensure that the person has the knowledge, skills and abilities that corresponds to the requirements of the Swedish pharmacy degree in order to work as a licensed pharmacist in Sweden. The test is free of charge. Learn more about how the proficiency test is structured and how to apply for it.

Who can do the proficiency test?

First you need to have your degree verified through The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) where you should have received a decision to proceed to the proficiency test. Then you can apply for the test.

Please observe that the verification of your documentation from The National Board of Health and Welfare is just a verification that you are permitted to do the proficiency test and does not say anything about your level of education. In order to show your level of education and attest that the level is equal to the Swedish pharmacy education you need to pass the tests (there are several).  There is no legal value in the verification from The National Borad of Health and Welfare if no tests are passed.

Learn more about how the proficiency test is structured and how to apply for it.

How can I prepare myself?

The proficiency test reflects the content of pharmacy programmes taught at Swedish universities. The level of approval is set to meet the requirements of a Swedish pharmacy degree. In order to apply for the test you first need to send in all your documentations for verification to The National Borad of Health and Welfare.

Also a good level of Swedish is necessary in order to do the test. On the Swedish version of the website, you can find detailed information, recommended literature and examples of old proficiency tests.

What happens after the proficiency test?

After passing the test, Uppsala University reports the final results to the National Board of Health and Welfare. The Board then gives you information on the clinical training and the course in Swedish law and regulations you need to undergo. Read about the Board's system for applying for a licence to practice for pharmacists and prescriptionists.

If the test participant has failed three times in the theoretical test, twice on the practical test, or not implemented approved theoretical and practical tests within 24 months, Uppsala University will inform the National Board of Health and Welfare about it.

Contact and more information

Since a good level of Swedish is necessary, more detailed and updated information can be found on the the Swedish version of website.

If you have you read the information on the web and still have questions about the proficiency test or complementary programme, you can contact us via email. This web page is continuously updated with the latest information.

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See also the National Board of Health and Welfare's website for information about personal identity number, residence permit and Swedish licence.