Permission to hold the professional title of Pharmaceutical-Technical Assistant / Assistant Grant for degrees from abroad
You can apply for permission to hold the professional title of pharmaceutical- technical assistant with a professional qualification from abroad at the State Office for Occupational Safety, Consumer Protection and Health (LAVG).
The activity as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant is regulated by precise regulations in Germany. This means that in order to be able to work as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant in Germany, you need a state permit. With this 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 EU, the EEA, Switzerland or a so-called third country, you can obtain state permission from the LAVG in Germany. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
To obtain permission, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised.
In the recognition procedure, the LAVG compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. The equivalence of professional qualifications is an important prerequisite for the granting of state authorisation.
In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must meet other conditions for the granting of the permit. Further prerequisites include, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.
It is important where you have done your training. The procedure for professional qualifications from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland may be different from the procedure for professional qualifications from third countries.
You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.
- Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
- German-language CV in table form with your trainings and professional activities
- officially certified copy of your certificate of education
- Proof of your relevant professional practice as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant
- Evidence of further relevant knowledge for working as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant
- Criminal record extract or certificate of leadership from your country of origin as proof of your reliability (this proof may be no more than 3 months old when the application is made.)
- medical certificate of your health (The proof may be from an authority from your training country if this is an EU or EEA or Switzerland country. This certificate may not be more than 3 months old at the time of application.)
- Registration certificate or declaration that you want to work where you apply
The LAVG will tell you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a copy.
If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.
Please ask the LASV if you need to submit further documents.
Online procedure possible: no
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance necessary: no
- They have completed training abroad in the above-mentioned health profession, which is equivalent to a German training or has an equivalent level of knowledge. The equivalence of the level of knowledge shall be demonstrated, where appropriate, by means of an examination or an adaptation course.
- They are suitable for health.
- They are reliable for working as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant and have no criminal record.
- You have the necessary knowledge of German for the job. This is usually the level of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- Proof of competence
Freedom to provide services
If you only want to work temporarily and occasionally independently as a service provider or service provider in Germany, you do not need a state permit to take the professional title. However, special requirements apply: you must report your work to the LAVG before the first job. The LAVG informs you exactly about the procedure.
The authorisation procedure also examines equivalence (recognition procedure). You can request a separate decision for the outcome of the audit.
There are numerous counselling services. These can be found on "Recognition in Germany" .
Information on the Single Contact:
You can apply in writing for a government permit to hold the professional title "pharmaceutical-technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical-technical assistant" with a professional qualification from abroad:
Examination of equivalence
- Download and print the form online.
- Fill in the form and add the necessary evidence.
- Submit the application documents to the LAVG.
- The LAVG then checks whether you meet all requirements.
- The LAVG compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant.
- The LAVG checks whether your professional qualification is equivalent. 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, the LAVG recognises your foreign professional qualification.
- The LAVG can confirm the result in writing.
- You have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills.
- Then you will be allowed to hold the professional title as a "pharmaceutical-technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical-technical assistant".
- If the LAVG finds significant differences, you can make up for the differences through your professional practice and other knowledge and skills (lifelong learning).
- You must prove your professional practice. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority of your country of origin.
- However, this knowledge may not be sufficient. You cannot then compensate for the main differences. Your foreign professional qualification will not be recognised.
- However, the LAVG gives you the main differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences with your professional practice. They are then not allowed to work as a pharmaceutical-technical assistant.
- In order to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you then have to take a compensatory measure in the form of an adaptation course or take a knowledge test.
- If you successfully complete one of these measures, you may work in the profession.
Adaptation course or knowledge test
If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can choose between
- a knowledge check and
- a maximum of 3 years of adaptation training (in the case of recognitions from third countries) or
- an aptitude test (in the case of recognitions from the EU, EEA or Switzerland).
- Knowledge testing: your knowledge in certain subjects and areas is checked. These subjects and the exact procedure of the examination are regulated by law. The knowledge test has an oral part and a practical part.
- Aptitude test: refers to the main differences in your professional qualification. The aptitude test is a practical examination with an examination interview. The contents and the exact procedure of the examination are regulated by law.
If you complete the adaptation course or pass the knowledge test/aptitude test (and meet all other requirements), you will be granted permission to hold the professional title as a "pharmaceutical-technical assistant" or "pharmaceutical-technical assistant".
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