The Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee passed for its second and third reading in the plenum a bill that would exempt Israeli pharmacy school graduates from having to take and pass a licensing exam.
Those who studied pharmacy abroad -- Israeli emigrants and new immigrants -- and want to work here would need to take only a partial exam, according to the bill. The partial exam would include only legal aspects and not professional aspects of the profession. Those from abroad would be required to work for two to two three years under the supervision of a licensed Israeli pharmacist; alternately, they could take licensing exams.
Committee chairman MK Eli Alalouf said he discovered that almost 100% of Israel pharmacy graduates have passed the registration test so far. “This testifies to the high level of the graduates and the fact that the test is no longer needed. In addition, we should encourage those who study pharmacy abroad and come here to work in the field,” he concluded.
In the recent past, Alalouf has brought reforms to benefit immigrants or returnees from abroad in paramedical professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapists and exempted those who worked for five years as dentists abroad from taking licensing exams.