Questions may come to your mind.
What the heck is S2 license and is it even IMPORTANT in my profession?
Where can I secure one?
What are the requirements?
How long does it take to have one?
Oh so many worries to think about then later we find ourselves giving up...
First lets know what is S2 license is all about. S2 license is needed by VETERINARIANS especially when purchasing or prescribing DRUGS that are restricted or prohibited by law due to its great impact on physiological, emotional and rationale health of the individual/ animals that will be subjected to it without the proper intervention and monitoring of VETERINARIANS. Dispensing of medication is often regulated by the GOVERNMENT (PDEA) into three categories: over the counter(OTC) medications, which are available in pharmacies behind the counter (BTC), which are dispensed by a pharmacist without needing a doctor's prescription, and prescription only medicines(POM), which must be prescribed by a licensed DOCTOR, be it a Veterinarian, Dentist or Physician and that is where S2 license come into the scene.
S2 licensing is under the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). They require that the PRACTITIONER APPLICANT is to apply PERSONALLY and AUTHORIZED representatives are NOT allowed. PDEA Baguio is located at Melvin Jones Grandstand, Harizon Street. You are going to be given a form to fill up and to submit the following requirements stated below.
|A. Updated Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)Card;|
|B. Current Professional Tax Receipt (PTR). For government practitioner, latest certificate of employment, and Affidavit duly notarized that the S-2 license will be used exclusively for government patients and not for his/her private practice;|
|C. TIN or ITR;|
| D. Drug Test Result of DOH accredited testing center. |
Just like when applying/renewing your driving license, urine will be collected to check for presence of methamphethamines. Picture & legal signature will be taken when doing this test. Depends on the laboratory you go to, release of results may take only an hour or less.
|E. Two (2) 1 X 1 ID pictures with name tag taken not later than a month from application, no eyeglasses;|
| F. Previous S-2 Card which will be surrendered . |
For renewal, the requirements are basically the same except that you must present your S2 ID card. For lost S2 ID card, submit Proof of Publication of Loss. They require a photocopy of each of these documents or requirements however you have to bring the originals for verification.
G. PhP1500 fee, valid for 3 years.
Applying for S2 license here in BAGUIO is easier and faster compared to other areas because of the less number of applicants and it may just take you 2 to 3 hours of processing and waiting. Now you know what to do, go and get one!!
Good luck an God bless to FUTURE APPLICANTS..