• Pharmacists graduates, total number (Line chart)
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European database on human and technical resources for health

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Indicator notes
Pharmacists graduates, total number
Indicator code: grad.pharm

Number of students who have obtained a recognised qualification in pharmacy in a given year.
Country notes
Albania
Source: Ministry of High School.
Armenia
Source of data: National Statistical Service (NSS) of Armenia , http://www.armstat.am/en/.
Reference period: The end of the school year.
Coverage: Graduates with foreign nationalities are not included.
Break in time series: Until 2008 the data includes pharmacist graduates from the Yerevan State Medical University M. Heratsi. Since 2008 the data on the number of graduates from six private medical schools are also included.
Austria
Source of data: Statistics Austria, Higher Education Statistics.
Coverage: Data include pharmacist graduates with foreign citizenship.
Azerbaijan
Source of data: The State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Reference period: data as of December 31
Note: foreign graduates are included.
Belarus
Source of data: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus on the basis of statistical handbooks (1980 009gg.) And primary forms of non-centralized state statistical observations provided medical schools (1993 to 2011).
Belgium
Source of data: Communaute francaise et Vlaamse Gemeenschap.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Federal office of statistic
Bulgaria
Source of data: National Statistical Institute, Exhaustive annual survey
Reference period: from 15.11 of the previous year (t-1) to 14.11 of the index year (t). E.g. data for year 2010 contains number of graduates from 15.11.2009 to 14.11.2010.

The specialties for medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, midwives and nursing are taught in public higher schools. Ministry of Education and Science is determining annually plan scheme (limits for new entrants) for each specialty in public higher schools, which varies at different years according to national needs. Thus, the number of enrolments and respectively graduates are varying during the different years. The reported data represents the real number of graduations.
Croatia
Source of data: Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Croatia Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia
Reference period: From the year 2008.data are provided by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. Data refers not on calendar, but on academic years. For example, registered data for the year 2008, refers to the 2007/2008 academic year (01.10.2007 – 30.09.2008)
Cyprus
No Universities offering graduate studies on pharmacy existed in Cyprus up to 2013.
Czechia
Source of data: Ministry of education, youth and sports.
Coverage: Foreigners who graduated in the Czech Republic are included since 2001.
Denmark
Source of data: Statens Serum Institut, Labour Register for Health Personnel.
Coverage: Data are overestimated as they cover all new authorisations registered which include foreigners not educated in Denmark.
Estonia
Source of data:
- State Statistical Office, annual reporting.
- Ministry of Education and Research.
Reference period: Given year.
Finland
Source of data: VALVIRA. National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. Register on Qualified Health Care Personnel, number of persons who have received their qualification in the calendar year.
Reference period: Calendar year.
France
Source of data: Ministere de l’enseignement superieur et de la recherche, Sous-direction des systemes d'information et des etudes statistiques. For further information: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/pid24777/les-publications-du-m.e.s.r.html.
Coverage: Data are given for metropolitan France and overseas departments and territories.
Break in time series: From 2008 onwards, there is a break in the series resulting from a new process in calculating the head counts of the students.
Georgia
Source of data: In 2012 – 2013 the National cemter for educational quality enhancement served as a data source. The number of graduates includes dentists, there is no way to distinquish dentists from the total number.Numbers include both, public and private sectors
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: The provided data cover all regions except separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Osetia. Data for those two regions are unavailable.
Germany
Source of data: Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists, Pharmacy and staff statistics; special calculation by the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists on the basis of information by the Authorised Approval Agencies of the Laender; http://www.abda.de.
Coverage:
- Data contain the number of officially authorised pharmacists in given year.
Greece
Source of data: Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.).
Coverage: All the data refers to graduates from Greek universities. Data for 1986-1992 not available as figures cannot be retrieved from publications.
Hungary
Source of data: Up to 2012: Central Statistical Office (KSH), Statistical Yearbook. http://www.ksh.hu. From 2013: Office of Health Care Authorisation and Administrative Procedures Full title of the database: Basic register.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: From 1990 onwards, the data are derived from the “Report on the number of physicians, dentists, pharmacists and specialised clinical psychologists with granted diploma” collection.
Note: Increase in year 2012 (40% increase from 279 graduates in year 2011) is due to increased number of educational places offered at Hungarian universities.
Iceland
Source of data:
- As of 1996: Statistics Iceland, Register of graduations.
- 1980-1995: Directorate of Health.
Reference period: As of 1996, the calendar year.
Coverage: Students who have obtained cand. pharm/Master degree in pharmacy in Iceland (UI) in a given year.
Ireland
Source of data: Higher Education Authority.
Reference period: Calendar year.
Coverage: Universities, Institutes of Technology and Designated Institutions.
Break in time series: Postgraduates in Pharmaceutical Technologies have been included since 2006.
Israel
Source of data: Central Bureau of Statistics. The data are based on personal records of degree recipients received from all Universities in Israel which include information on subjects of study and degree received.
Coverage: Pharmacist graduates include recipients of first degrees in Pharmacy.
Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Italy
Source of data:
- Until 1999: Federazione ordini Farmacisti Italiani.
- From 2000: Ministry of Education; “Survey on Graduates and Exams” carried out yearly by the Ministry by collecting data from Italian Universities (http://www.miur.it).
Kazakhstan
Source: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Latvia
Source of data: Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) since 2008.
Coverage: The annual surveys collected and compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) are as follows:
- on higher education institutions and colleges. Break in series: 2008: Change in data source.
Note: Source of data prior to 2008 not clear.
Lithuania
Source of data: Statistics Lithuania, data of entire annual survey of education institutions. Report “Health Statistics of Lithuania”, available from http://sic.hi.lt/html/en/hsl.htm. The number of graduates fluctuates starting from 1992 due to political and economical changes in the country, changes in the status of medical institutes (to universities) and medical schools (to colleges) and changes in studying programmes. Therefore, every year different number of groups of students of medical specialties is starting the education (and after some years graduating).
Luxembourg
Data not available.
Malta
Source of data: University of Malta/Pharmacy Council.
Montenegro
Data not available.
Netherlands
Source of data: Statistics Netherlands, Statistics of university education.
Norway
Source of data: Statistics Norway.
- Statistics Norway collects student data from the administrative systems of the various tertiary institutions. The administrative systems in tertiary institutions create data files in the format specified by Statistics Norway. Information on completed doctoral degrees is collected from NIFU (http://www.nifustep.no/English/Pages/default.aspx).
- Tertiary graduation statistics include all individuals who have completed a degree of 2 years or longer from an educational institution classified by the Standard Industrial Classification as a tertiary institution. Registration of completed educational activities occurs during the period 1 October in year x, 30 September in year x+1.
- See http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/02/40/eksuvh_en/ and then 'About the statistics'.
Coverage: Complete coverage as statistics are based on enumeration of graduates in tertiary education. Sampling errors and non-response errors do not exist.
Break in time series: Individually based data on completed education have been published annually since they were first collected in 1973/74 (academic year). Most variables are comparable, but some have changed. The revised Norwegian Standard Classification of Education (http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/90/nos_c751_en/) recoded education courses to enable comparison of newer and older data (also including a recoding to ISCED-97). While education courses are reasonably comparable over time, other variables are not (e.g. coding of institution types). The decrease in Cand.pharm degrees in 2010 is mainly explained by a pronounced increase in 2008 and 2009, as many students graduated according to the previous degree structure, before six year tertiary graduate degrees (Cand.pharm) became five year master degrees and before the full implementation of the bachelor-master structure.
Poland
Source of data:
- Until 1990: publication of the Ministry of National Education, “Higher education, basic data”.
- From 1990: Central Statistical Office, reports S-10.
Break in time series: 1990 due to change of data source.
Portugal
Source of data:
- Since 2011: Directorate General of Statistics of Education and Science, Ministry of Education and Science.
- Between 2006 and 2010: Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
- Up to 2005: Ministry of Education.
Coverage:
- Data represent the total number of graduates.
Republic of Moldova
Source of data: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, National Centre for Health Management, Annual statistical report N17 “On staff and cadres of health institutions”. http://cnms.md/areas/statistics/anyar/.
Reference period: Data as of December 31.
Coverage: Data exclude Transnistria.
Deviation from the definition: Foreign health personnel are not included.
Romania
Source of data: Ministry of Education for the period 1990-1997 data on graduates and National Institute of Statistics since 1998 till now Activity of Education Units (Statistical data on tertiary education) – annual survey performed by NIS.
Reference period: academic year. Break in the series: 1996 (Since 1996 including private sector).
San Marino
Data not available.
Serbia
Source of data: Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the Republic of Serbia.
Slovakia
Source of data: National Health Information Center (submitted data are from the Institute of Information and Prognosis of Education, http://www.uips.sk).
Slovenia
Source of data: National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia, Health Statistics Yearbook.
Reference period: 31st December.
Spain
Source of data:
- Since 2011: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports from University Education Statistic. http://www.mecd.gob.es/educacion-mecd/areas-educacion/universidades/estadisticas-informes/estadistic as/alumnado.html.
- Up to 2010: National Statistics Institute (INE). University Education Statistic. http://www.ine.es/jaxi/menu.do?type=pcaxis&path=%2Ft13%2Fp405&file=inebase&L=0.
Sweden
Source of data:
- Until 1999: NBHW, Yearbook of Health and Medical Care.
- From 2000: National Board of Health and Welfare. National Planning Support (NPS) register.
Reference period: 1st November.
Coverage:
- Data refer to pharmacists licensed in a given year. Therefore, data include both domestically trained pharmacists and those trained abroad who apply for a Swedish license.
- 100 per cent coverage.
Switzerland
Source of data: FSO Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel; hospital statistics, statistics of high-level schools, pharmacist degree; yearly census.

TFYR Macedonia
Source of data: State Statistical Office (SSO), Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Macedonia.
Reference period: 31st December.
Turkey
Source of data: General Directorate for Health Services, Ministry of Health and ESPC Higher Education Statistics.
Reference period: End of the academic year.
Coverage: Data refer to pharmacy school graduates having graduated from a 5-year pharmacy education at university.
Turkmenistan
Source of data: Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.
Ukraine
Source of data: Center of Health Statistics, Ministry of Health. Reporting Form 2-3NK "Report of higher education at the beginning of the school year."
Reference period: end of school year.
Deviation from definition: data include graduates who have completed training in medical universities and medical schools.
United Kingdom
Data not available.