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Old 13.10.2020, 22:01
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Re: UK qualified Pharmacist Working in Switzerland

My wife got her Polish degree recognized. Since the bilateral agreements with EU applied to her, the most important part was getting all documentation translated with certified copies and obtaining a confirmation from Polish pharmacistis association that her degree has been awarded according to the EU regulations for medical degrees. The process took circa one month, maybe a bit longer, but that was before the pandemy. As long as you follow direct degree recognition under EU rules, everything is relatively simple.

Getting a job is a different matter of course. From our experience, it's not easy to land job interviews while still being abroad and not having any experience in Switzerland (canton Zürich), but it might be different for a person with a longer experience in the field. She worked for circa 1.5 years before moving to here.

Furthermore, you will have to obtain a permit from cantonal authorities to work as a pharmacist. In Zürich, that required some additional documentation, she needed to have the language capability confirmed by MEBEKO and that requires a proof of language capabilities (at least B2 German certificate, not older than six years). She had to get certified in venipuncture and administering vaccine injections, which is not a skill required in Poland, but her employer paid for the course. I guess it might not be a common skill for Swiss graduates as well.
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