Arabic Board of Pharmacy Licensure Examination (ABOPLEX)


The Arabic Board of Pharmacy leads by promoting the provision of comprehensive pharmaceutical care to all patients. The Arabic Board of Pharmacy achieves this by building creative alliances, encouraging pharmacist empowerment and innovative pharmacy practice, and supporting the concept of collaborative practice among health care providers.

The Mission of the Arabic Board of Pharmacy is to improve patient care through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy board certification of pharmacists.

The Arabic Board of Pharmacy will accomplish this mission by

  • Providing leadership for the profession of pharmacy in the discussion, evolution, direction and recognition of board certification of pharmacists.
  • Establishing and promoting, in collaboration with stakeholders, the value of pharmacy specialization and board certification.
  • Establishing the standards for identification and recognition of pharmacy.
  • Establishing standards of eligibility, knowledge and skills as the basis for board certification.
  • Developing and administering a valid process to evaluate the knowledge and skills of pharmacists.


In order to protect the public health, the Arabic Board of Pharmacy assumes a leadership role in developing, implementing, and enforcing appropriate minimum standards of care and related requirements for the safe practice of pharmacy in Arabic region. The Board continuously strives to ensure optimal service to the public and the profession by utilizing its resources in an efficient, effective, responsive and open manner.


Arabic Board of Pharmacy is recognized as the single agency that operates across the pharmacy profession to provide specialty certification of pharmacists. By documenting practitioners' readiness for expanding roles in the 21st century, it recognizes, sets standards for, and provides certification in specific clinical specialties. Most importantly, it is above partisan interests and establishes independent, objective standards that are applied in a psychometrically sound, legally defensible process. The distinction between the ABOPHLEX certification and certificate training is remarkable. Some certificates may indicate participation in a targeted educational program but do not assess a practitioner's competence.

ABOPHLEX certification is a voluntary process by which a pharmacist's education, experience, knowledge and skills in a particular practice area are confirmed as well beyond what is required for licensure.

This examination should consist of three parts:

  1. Basic pharmaceutical sciences 35%.
  2. Clinical pharmaceutical sciences 55%.
  3. Pharmacy management, pharmacoeconomics, social and behavioral pharmacy sciences 10%.

The ABOPHLEX is a 250-question multiple choice & True- False

Examination using a computerized format administered over a six hour testing period.

The examination should be administered twice a year at predetermined centers in the Arabic region. The passing score is 125.

Requirements and fees for national and international pharmacists to take this examination should be set by the Arabic Board of Pharmacy.

The credential of each pharmacist who wants to apply for this examination should be evaluated by a specific committee according to certain criteria set by the Arabic Board of Pharmacy before accepting the applicant to take the examination.

Arabic language proficiency is extra certificate should be acquired by pharmacists whose native language is not the Arabic.

Each pharmacist passes this examination should grant a certificate that enables him to practice pharmacy throughout the entire Arabic region.

References and materials needed for exam preparation should be suggested by the Arabic Board of Pharmacy.

The content of each part of the ABOPLEX

The basic pharmaceutical sciences:

- Drug product development in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Pharmaceutical calculations and statistics.
- Pharmaceutical principles and drug dosage forms.
- Biopharmaceutics and drug delivery system.
- Extemporaneous prescription compounding.
- Basic pharmacokinetics.
- Bioavailability and bioequivalence.
- Functional group chemistry and biochemistry.
- Microbiology.
- Immunology.
- Biotechnology drug products.
- Principles of pharmacodynamics.
- Medicinal chemistry.
- Drug metabolism.
- Pharmacogenetics.
- Drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions.
- Nuclear pharmacy.
- Drugs affecting the nervous system.
- Autocoids and their antagonists.
- Nonnarcotic analgesics.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Cardiovascular and diuretic drugs.
- Endocrinology and related drugs.