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An odyssey across Europe
  1. Anastasia Vrana1,
  2. Andre Rieutord1,
  3. Benoit Hue2
  1. 1 Département de Pharmacie Clinique, Institut Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif, Île-de-France, France
  2. 2 Service de Pharmacie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes, Rennes, Bretagne, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anastasia Vrana, Institut Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif 94800, France; anastasia.vrana{at}

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The hospital pharmacists’ mobility across the European Union (EU) has been a recurrent subject matter. The ambiguity in the recognition of professional qualifications has previously discouraged many pharmacists wishing to gain valuable experience across the EU, widen their perspective, and eventually raise practice standards by sharing their expertise. The publication of the Labour Mobility Report1 and its support towards the development of a Common Training Framework (CTF)2 has undoubtedly raised hopes for the possibility of lifting the barriers currently imposed by each country’s legal framework.

But how do individual countries currently facilitate the hospital pharmacist’s recognition of qualifications?

In France, the hospital pharmacist’s professional qualification is a well-defined 9-year pathway,3–5 resulting in a professional registration which is distinct …

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