This course is aimed at successful candidates in the internal or external competitive examinations.

Initial training

Duration: 1 year
Training consists of a mix of lectures and vocational training:

  • Update scientific and technical knowledge
  • Acquire specialised legal knowledge
  • Develop methodological skills and professional know-how, particularly in the area of technical inspections.

Work experience (observation) allows candidates to familiarise themselves with the public health pharmacy inspector’s various areas of expertise: pharmaceutical industry, clinical biology, hospital pharmacy etc. Work placements give candidates first-hand experience of the pharmacy inspector profession through experienced peer mentoring.

In addition to the lessons and vocational training the thesis is also a major highlight of the course.
Job adaptation training takes place within 2 years of being made permanent.


Internal competitive examination

Open to pharmacy officers and the state, local and regional authority and public institution officials under their authority, pharmacists employed by international intergovernmental organisations and military pharmacists, with at least 3 years experience.

External competitive examination

Aimed at candidates with the requisite diplomas enumerated by the Public Health Code and one of the following:

  • Masters in clinical biology,
  • Masters in pharmaceutical science – industrial clinical pharmacy,
  • Masters in hospital pharmacy,
  • Masters in pharmaceutical science – hospital and community pharmacy,
  • Masters in pharmaceutical innovation, drug testing and production,
  • Masters in pharmaceutical science – specialised pharmacy,
  • Masters in pharmacy and public health.
  • A diploma enumerated in the Public Health Code and proof of 3 years professional experience

Professional development

Each year, the EHESP provides professional development training to public health pharmacy inspectors within the framework of technical courses and an annual seminar that brings together the whole profession.

To find out more about the job and eligibility criteria for the competitive examination

Visit the website of the Ministry of Health, Youth and Sport


Public health pharmacy inspectors are responsible for the quality control of health products (human or veterinary medicines, cosmetics etc.) and for the practices of certain other health professionals.
He or she mainly operates within the devolved administrations of the State (Departmental and Regional Directorates for Social Welfare) and may collaborate with inspectors from the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de santé (French Agency for sanitary safety of health products), public health medical inspectors, veterinary inspectors, health engineering managers and fraud inspectors.


Filière « pharmacien inspecteur de santé publique »
Nadine Migné – Tél : +33 (0)2 99 02 25 36

Modified on 17 March 2017