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Intermediate Training Program
Back To Medical Education and Examination

Return Back to Practice Program

Return Back to Practice training is for healthcare professionals who have discontinued their practice for more than two (2) years; the training is available in APS – Intermediate or Advanced.

Available Programs

Special Conditions


Discontinuity of Practice

  • Healthcare professionals who have an interruption of clinical practice exceeding two (2) years and opting to be licensed in the UAE must follow the CME/CPD requirements below.
  • All CME/CPD credits must be related to practice specialty of the healthcare professional, and according to the CME/CPD specific requirements of the Authorities.
  • All applicants are required to complete a clinical training program accredited by Regulatory Authority in the specialty field.
  • All clinical training programs shall be carried out in an approved practice setting by the Authorities.
  • All applicants (Apart from UAE nationals) after completion of CME/CPD credits and clinical training program are required to pass the Authorities licensure assessment to obtain the license to practice; this does not apply to those whose exams are valid in accordance to the exam validity policy.
  • In general Non UAE nationals will not be able to apply for a license if they have a gap of clinical practice for more than 5 years (and more than 10 years for UAE nationals)
Gap of Practice Physician/Dentist Nurse Allied Health/Pharmacist TCAM
From Two to less than Three years 40 CME credits 4 months of training 20 CME credits 4 months of training 10 CME credits 4 months of training 10 CME credits 4 months of training
From Three to less than Four years 80 CME credits 6 months of training 40 CME credits 6 months of training 20 CME credits 6 months of training 20 CME credits 6 months of training
From Four to less than Five years 120 CME credits 8 months of training 60 CME credits 8 months of training 30 CME credits 8 months of training 30 CME credits 8 months of training
From Five to Ten years (UAE nationals ONLY) 200 CME credits 12 months of training 100 CME credits 12 months of training 50 CME credits 12 months of training 50 CME credits 12 months of training

Minimum requirements for Pharmacy Return Back to Practice


In order to standardize the Pharmacy Training Program in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the DoH has identified the minimum requirements:

  • Orientation of the pharmacy: Familiarization with the pharmacy, including knowledge of the facility, space, allocation of different services, staff and the daily routines.
  • Receiving the prescription: Ensure that prescription information is legible, completely accurate and appropriate for the patient.
  • Pharmacy patient care: Possess experience with patient interviews, provide medication education, manage drug interaction and resolve gaps in care. In addition, describe and apply clinical guidelines to patient care.
  • Dispensing systems management: Outline typical pharmacy dispensing workflows, evaluate prescriptions for legitimate medical use, and adopt existing drug therapy guidelines.
  • Drug information: Develop a variety of drug-related report monographs, reviews and policies during the use of a drug. Access appropriate drug information resources for patient education.
  • Business management: Understand inventory cost and level or order points. Describe basic finance terms and analyze a financial statement.
  • Medication safety and quality: Describe national standards, guidelines, best practices and establish principles and processes related to quality such as safe medication use.
  • Pharmacy Federal Law: Understand laws and regulations that affect the pharmacy practice. Apply federal laws and regulations affecting the legal operation of a pharmacy.
  • Insurance types and considerations: Learn about the different types of health insurance coverage that are available in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Rules and Responsibilities

  • Pharmaceutical Education Manager:
    • Manages the training program at an approved training site.
    • Based on DoH eligibility criteria, assigns trainees to the approved training sites.
    • Report to the DoH with quarterly updates regarding the pharmacy training changes (e.g. trainee transfers, withdrawal, completion, etc.).
    • Resolve any misunderstandings or disagreements between tutor and trainee.
    • Ensure that the training site and Preceptor rotation are well-maintained.
    • Meet with DoH representatives to provide updates regarding the (random) DoH monitoring visits.
    • After the completion of the required training period, issue end-of-training certificates.
  • Trainee Do
    • Perform routine tasks such as receiving and preparing the prescriptions, checking expiry dates and labeling bottles.
    • Report any disputes/concerns with the tutor to the Pharmaceutical Education Manager.
    • Evaluate the training program after completion.
  • Don’t
    • Continue pharmacy training with an expired approval.
    • Register narcotic/controlled medication in the DoH registers.
    • Re-apply for the training program after completion (the applicant is allowed to be enrolled in the training program only once).
  • Preceptor
    • Provide trainees with an overview of the current healthcare environment.
    • Expose trainees to current standards of care, health-systems and UAE laws.
    • Provide trainees with the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally, through interaction with healthcare professionals.
    • Provide trainees with opportunities to become an integral part of the department in the area they have been assigned to.
    • Provide the initial trainee evaluation to the Pharmaceutical Education Manager.
    • Report any disputes with/concerns about the trainee to the Pharmaceutical Education Manager.
  • Observe
    • Preceptor patient counseling and dispensing.
    • Preceptor handling controlled and narcotic medication.
    • Preceptor dosage form reformulation changes (if applicable).

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