pharmaceutical-technical assistant with training from EU/EEA/Switzerland, professional qualification

Would you like to work in Germany as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant or pharmaceutical-technical assistant? Then you need a state permit. To obtain state permission, you can have your foreign professional qualification recognized.

The profession of pharmaceutical technical assistant is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to work in Germany as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant, you need a state permit. With the permission, you may use the professional title "pharmaceutical technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical technical assistant" and work in the profession.

Even with a professional qualification from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can obtain state permission from the competent authority in Germany.

In order to obtain the permit, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised.

In the recognition procedure, the competent authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks its equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the granting of the state permit.

In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must also meet other requirements for the granting of the permit. Further requirements are, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.

If your professional qualification does not originate from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.

You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally:

  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
  • Marriage certificate (if your name has changed due to marriage)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your professional qualification (e.g. certificates, professional certificate)
  • Evidence of formal qualifications
  • Proof of your relevant professional experience as a pharmaceutical technical assistant
  • Proof of further relevant knowledge for working as a pharmaceutical technical assistant
  • You do not live or work in Germany yet? Then you may have to prove that you want to work in the profession in Germany. Proof includes, for example, applications for a job, invitations to interviews, personal declaration
     

You usually hand in these documents later. The competent authority will inform you when you should hand in the documents:

  • Proof of your personal suitability: Extract from criminal record or certificate of good conduct from your country of origin. The proof may not be more than 3 months old when the application is submitted.
  • Proof of your fitness for health: Medical certificate. The proof may not be more than 3 months old when the application is submitted.
  • Proof of your German language skills: Language certificate

The competent authority will inform you which documents you must submit as a simple copy, as a certified copy or in the original.

State of Brandenburg:

- Application for permission to use the professional title

- Proof of fitness for the exercise of the above-mentioned profession (not older than three months)

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • https://lavg.brandenburg.de/lavg/de/gesundheit/gesundheitsfachberufe/anerkennung-auslaendischer-ausbildung/

Preconditions

  • You have a professional qualification as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant or pharmaceutical-technical assistant from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland.
  • You want to work in Germany as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant or pharmaceutical-technical assistant.
  • Personal suitability: You are reliable for working as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant or pharmaceutical-technical assistant and have no criminal record.
  • Health suitability: You can work psychologically and physically as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant or pharmaceutical-technical assistant.
  • You have german language skills at the required language level. This is usually the language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Hints

Freedom to provide services

You only want to offer services in Germany sometimes and for a short time? Then you usually do not need the state permission. You must meet these requirements:

  • You must be established in another EU, EEA or Swiss country.
  • You must prove your professional qualification.
  • You must report your activity in writing to the competent authority.

The competent authority will inform you whether you are allowed to provide services or whether you have to take an aptitude test.


Equivalence notice

In the permit procedure, the examination of equivalence (recognition procedure) is also carried out. You can request a separate decision for the result of the examination.


Procedure for ethnic German repatriates

As a ethnic German repatriate, you can either go through the recognition procedure according to the laws mentioned here or according to the Federal Displaced Persons Act. You can decide for yourself. The responsible body will advise you on which procedure is right for you.

Related Links

  • § 1 Abs. 1, § 2 Abs. 2-4a Gesetz über den Beruf des pharmazeutisch-technischen Assistent
  • §§ 18, 18a, 18c Training and Examination Ordinance for Pharmaceutical Technical Assistants

Related Links

  • Information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications on the portal Recognition in Germany
  • Financial aid for the recognition procedure
  • Publicly appointed translators in Germany
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Procedure under the Federal Displaced Persons Act

Application

You submit an application for authorisation to use the professional title "pharmaceutical technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical technical assistant" to the competent authority. You can submit the application with the documents to the competent authority or send it by post. Do not send originals. Sometimes you can also send the application electronically. The competent authority will inform you.
 

Equivalence test

The competent authority will then check whether you meet all the requirements. An important prerequisite is the equivalence of your professional qualification. The competent authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification as a pharmaceutical technical assistant. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign professional qualification and the German professional qualification.
 

Possible results of the test

If your professional qualification is equivalent, your foreign professional qualification will be recognised. The competent authority can confirm the result in writing. You still have to meet the other requirements. Then you will receive permission to use the professional title "pharmaceutical technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical technical assistant".

Are there significant differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification? Perhaps you can compensate for the differences through your professional practice, other knowledge or skills (lifelong learning). You must prove your professional experience. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority of the state in which you acquired the knowledge or skills.

However, it may be that the essential differences cannot be compensated by this knowledge. Then your foreign professional qualification will not be recognised. You may then not work as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant or pharmaceutical-technical assistant in Germany.

However, the competent authority will tell you the essential differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences through your professional experience.

In most cases, you can take a compensatory measure. This allows you to compensate for the essential differences.
 

Compensatory measures

There are various compensatory measures:

  • Adaptation period: The adaptation period lasts a maximum of three years.
  • Aptitude test: In the aptitude test, only those areas in which significant differences have been identified are examined. The aptitude test consists of a practical examination that is linked to an examination interview.

You can choose between an adaptation course or an aptitude test.

If you successfully complete the compensatory measure and meet all other requirements, you will receive permission to use the professional title "pharmaceutical technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical technical assistant".

Responsible for the content
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Federal Ministry of Health

Last update or date of publication
01.10.2019