• Pharmacists licensed to practice, per 100 000 population (Line chart)
  • Pharmacists licensed to practice, per 100 000 (Boxplot chart)
Data set notes
European database on human and technical resources for health

Indicators: 250
Updated: 23 September 2016

HlthRes-DB provides a wide range of statistics on human and technical resources for health and offers data on non-monetary health care resources collected through the joint work of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and WHO/Europe. It contains nearly 200 indicators on human and technical resources for health.

Human resources indicators: Indicators include the number and density of a wide range of health personnel (such as physicians, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists and health care assistants), according to three different concepts (those practising, professionally active and licensed to practice). Information on employment in hospitals and numbers of medical and other graduates is also available.

Technical resources data: Data include the number and density of hospitals and hospital beds, stratified by ownership of facility (public, non-profit-making private and for-profit private), in addition to the number of beds for long-term care.

HlthRes-DB also contains indicators on the availability of the following medical equipment: computed tomography (CT) scanners, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units, positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, gamma cameras, digital subtraction angiography units, mammographs, radiation therapy equipment and lithotriptors.

Coverage: HlthRes-DB contains data from the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. To be updated yearly, usually in late summer, it is currently available in English and Russian.

More information: http://www.euro.who.int/en/data-and-evidence/databases/european-database-on-human-and-technical-resources-for-health-hlthres-db
Indicator notes
Pharmacists licensed to practice, per 100 000 population
Indicator code: lic.pharm.rate This indicator shares the definition with the parent indicator "Pharmacists licensed to practice, total number".

Pharmacists licensed to practice include practising and other (non-practising) pharmacists who are registered and entitled to practice.
- Pharmacists who provide services directly to patients (clients)
- Pharmacists for whom their pharmacy education is a prerequisite for the execution of the job
- Pharmacists for whom their pharmacy education is NOT a prerequisite for the execution of the job
- Pharmacists licensed to practice but who are not economically active (e.g. unemployed or retired)
- Pharmacists working abroad
Note: The number should be at the end of the calendar year.
Country/Area notes
Data not available.
No data available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Note: Data not available.
Source of data: SPF Sante publique, securite de la chaine alimentaire et de l'environnement, DG2 Soins de Sante primaires et gestion de crises - FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu DG2 Basisgezondheidszorg en Crisisbeheer. Cellule Planification des professionnels de sante - Cel planning Gezondheidsberoepen. Base de donnees federale des professionnels de soins de sante - Federale databank van de beoefenaars van de gezondheidszorgberoepen.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Complete.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Public Health Institute of FB&H - Annual report health personnel with university degree by specialization and sex in FB&H Public Health Institute of Republica Srpska - Annual report health personnel with university degree by specialization and sex in Republica Srpska
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: Statens Serum Institut, Labour Register for Health Personnel.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Pharmacists whose status in the Central Personnel Register is active (not dead) or, if abroad, below the age of 70 years old.
Source of data: Registry of Pharmacists, Health Care Board.
Reference period: January of the following year.
- The number of licensed pharmacists covers overall potential, not persons by the last obtained speciality.
- Register of dispensing chemists and pharmacists was introduced in July 2005. Previously, only responsible pharmacists were registered at National Agency of Medicines, not all of them. The data for 2007 present the number of registered persons by end-year of the first year.
Source of data: VALVIRA. National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. Register on Qualified Health Care Personnel, number of persons aged less than 64 years with qualifications on 31 December.
Reference period: 31st December.
Data not available.
Health statistics do not contain such data.
Source of data: Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists, Pharmacy and staff statistics; http://www.abda.de or http://www.gbe-bund.de.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Included are all practising and non-practising pharmacists licensed to practice (head-count data).
- Included are practising pharmacists working in a public or hospital pharmacy, pharmacists working in administration, research and industry positions, pharmacists working abroad and unemployed and retired pharmacists (head-count data).
- The number of registered pharmacists excludes students who have not yet graduated.
- Data available from 2006 onwards.
Data not available.
Source of data: Office of Health Care Authorisation and Administrative Procedures Full title of the database: Basic register.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: According to the latest qualification acquired.
Breaks in time series: Break in 2007, when the Office of Health Authorization and Administrative Procedures took over the maintenance of registration from the Ministry of Health. A significant decrease in numbers is a consequence of cleaning of the database at the take-over time.
Data not available.
Source of data: Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Figures refer to all persons on the register of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. They may include some pharmacists not in activity.
- The following are included: pharmacists employed in community pharmacies, pharmacists employed in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists employed in medical research, pharmacists employed in firms or public bodies in exercise of their profession, pharmacists employed in public and private hospitals, foreign pharmacists registered in Ireland and some Irish pharmacists living/working abroad.
Source of data: The data are based on the Pharmacists Licensed Registry maintained by the Medical Professions Division and the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health, the demographic information is periodically updated from the Population Registry at the Ministry of Interior.
Reference period: End of the year.
Coverage: The data include all licensed pharmacists. The data include only pharmacists with valid licenses at the end of each reference year.
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.
Source of data: ISTAT provides data produced by FOFI (National Federation of pharmacists). www.fofi.it.
Reference period: 31st December.
Data not available.
Source of data:
- 2006 and earlier and from 2009: State Agency of Medicines, report "Summary on operation of pharmacies, medicine wholesales enterprises and medicines production enterprises".
- 2007 and 2008: Pharmacist and pharmacist assistant register, under direct jurisdiction of Pharmacists’ Society of Latvia.
Coverage: Persons who have graduated completed studies in pharmacology at university level and who work in Pharmacies, medicine wholesales enterprises and in medicines production enterprises.
Reference period: 31 December. Break in series:
- 2007, 2009: Change in data source.
- 2009: New normative acts were introduced, and compulsory registration is required only for pharmacists working in pharmacies. Therefore, not all graduated pharmacists received a license to practice.
Source of data: Since 2004 State Medicines Control Agency, Register of licenses. Report “Health Statistics of Lithuania”, available from http://sic.hi.lt/html/en/hsl.htm.
Reference period: 31st December. Break in series: 2007 - the new Law of Pharmacy demanded that administrators of pharmacies have pharmacist license, this increased the number of pharmacists licensed to practice.
Data not available.
Source of data: Pharmacy Council, Malta
Reference period: 31st December
Coverage: Since 2006, an annual registration fee is required for the inclusion in the register of the Pharmacy Council of Malta. For 2007: Discrepancy in numbers from 2006 in licensed to practice: Numbers quoted by Pharmacy Council (630) refers to the number of pharmacists who had paid their annual registration fees by end 2007 only. For 2008: Discrepancy in numbers from 2007 in licensed to practice: Numbers quoted by Pharmacy Council (692) refers to the number of pharmacists who had paid their annual registration fees by end 2008 only. Figures quoted from end 2009 onwards represent those pharmacists who had paid their retention fees by the end of the year. Break in series: 2006. Break in series: From 2012 onwards. Figures quoted now also include those pharmacists who had not paid their retention fees by the end of the year.
Source: Institute of Public Health (reports).
Source of data: Social Statistical Database of Statistics Netherlands, BIG Register (official register of health care professionals).
Reference period: The last Friday before Christmas.
Coverage: Refers to pharmacists registered and living in the Netherlands (pharmacists licensed to practice exclude pharmacists living abroad).
- Figures have been rounded to 5.
North Macedonia
Data not available.
Source of data: Statistics Norway; Statistics on health-care personnel. Administrative registers. See http://www.ssb.no/hesospers_en/.
Reference period: 3rd week of November.
Coverage: The figures provided cover all registered pharmacists.
Source of data: Ministry of Health. Register of the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber.
Reference period: 31st December.
Source of data: Statistics Portugal:
- Since 1988: Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society;
- 1986-1987: General Directorate of Pharmacist Affairs;
- 1980-1985: Trade Union.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Data reflect the number of all pharmacists registered at the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society. * non available data for 2013
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 pharmacists are not included.
Source of data: College of the Pharmacists in Romania
Reference period: data as of 31st December.
Coverage: The data cover public and private sector.
Russian Federation
Data not available.
San Marino
Data not available.
Source of data: Serbian Chamber of Pharmacists. Data as of December 31. http://www.farmkom.rs/.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the Republic of Serbia.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Statistics Institute (INE) from the Register of Pharmacists Council. http://www.ine.es/jaxi/menu.do?type=pcaxis&path=/t15/p416&file=inebase&L=0.
Reference period: Data as of December 31.
Source of data: National Board of Health and Welfare, National Planning Support (NPS) register.
Reference period: 1st November.
- Pharmacists include all persons with a Swedish pharmacist license employed within the retail pharmacy sector.
- Prescriptionnists (with a 2-year university degree) are included. This category makes up 86 % of all pharmacists.
- Non-retired personnel.
- 100 per cent coverage.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: Report from of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. ? 17 “Health employment”
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: Includes data from institutions under the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, data from other Ministries or sectors not included.
Break in time series:
- 2004: 20% decrease in numbers of pharmacists in 2004 is a consequence of the state programme Health on re-organization of the health institutions with the purpose of rational use of human resources for health in the country.
Data not available.
United Kingdom
Data not available.
Source of data: Institute of Health and Medical Statistics, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, reporting form 15-SSV “Report on Health personnel by categories”.
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: data include personnel working within the system of the Ministry of Health only.