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Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) Evaluation Processes

If you wish to practise pharmacy in Quebec, you must register to become a member of l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ). You will have to demonstrate specific skills and knowledge, including French language fluency.

OPQ’s education evaluation processes will differ depending on whether you are a graduate from France or a graduate from another country.

Pharmacy Graduates from France

The province of Quebec has signed an agreement with France for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications between the two jurisdictions.

Graduates from France will not register with the Gateway at this time, but should contact OPQ directly:

Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec
Direction de l’admission et du perfectionnement
301-266 Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal (Quebec)
H2Y 1T6

Pharmacy Graduates from Countries Other than France

International pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who want to practise in the province of Quebec and who are not from France are invited to enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada.

After enrolling, you will need to submit required information for an assessment of your education and training.

You must send your application form (form A available on OPQ’s website) and all documents related to your education and practice experience to NAPRA, Suite 1800, 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4, Attention: Gateway Operations. Your documentation should include the following:

  • Recent, passport-sized photo with signature on back
  • Identification (birth certificate or proof of citizenship)
  • University transcript including course descriptions and number of credits
  • Certified copy of pharmacy diploma
  • Proof of successful completion of practical training
  • Proof of relevant continuing education activities
  • Description and proof of any previous work experience
  • Proof of eligibility to be a pharmacist in another jurisdiction
  • Letter of recommendation from one’s pharmacy regulatory authority
  • List of pertinent publications
  • Application fee
  • OPQ may also accept proof of successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating Examination and Qualifying Examination to demonstrate educational equivalency.

All documents in languages other than French or English must be translated into French.

When OPQ processes your documents, le comité de l’admission à la pratique (CAP) will evaluate them and inform you of its decision in writing. CAP evaluates applications three times a year: in January, May and November.


What if Your Qualifications are not Equivalent?

The committee may decide that your qualifications are not equivalent to those required to practise in Quebec. If so, you will need to complete a full pharmacy program at one of the Universities in Quebec.

However, the committee may decide that some of your training is equivalent. If that happens, the committee will tell you about the courses, curriculum or examinations you need to take to be awarded full equivalence. CAP will also advise you on practical experience you may need. A bridging program may be your best choice to help you meet the standards required for licensure.

For more information, contact OPQ’s Direction de l’admission et du perfectionnement.

Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the OPQ’s educational requirements, you will be expected to meet Quebec’s French language qualifications.