Apply for an operating permit for a two-storey pharmacy

On request, an operating permit for a secondary pharmacy can be granted.

If a state of emergency occurs in the supply of medicines because pharmacies are missing to supply the population, you as the owner of a nearby pharmacy can apply for permission to operate a branch pharmacy. Zweigapotheken have a lower equipment than normal pharmacies, which is also regulated by law.

Secondary pharmacies must be managed, the administrator needs a permit from the competent authority.

As a rule, you will not be granted permission for more than one pharmacy.

The permit will be granted to you for 5 years, it can be granted again.

  • Declaration of full legal capacity
  • German license to practice medicine
  • Curriculum vitae
  • medical certificate
  • Certificate of Good Conduct Document Type 0
  • Notification of whether and, if so, at what place you operate one or more pharmacies in a Member State of the European Union or in another State Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in a Contracting State to which Germany and the European Union have contractually granted a corresponding legal claim
  • Proof that you have the prescribed premises

The competent authority may also request further documentation.

Different regulations in the countries.


  • There is a state of emergency in the supply of medicines.
  • They have the rooms required by law.
  • You are the owner of a nearby pharmacy.

Related Links

  • § 16 Pharmacy Act (ApoG)
  • § 13 Pharmacy Act (ApoG)
  • § 4 Pharmacy Operating Regulations (ApBetrO)
  • § 2 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 bis 4, 7 und 8 Apothekengesetz (ApoG)

Related Links

  • ABDA website on the basics of pharmacy operations:
  • Information on pharmacy operating licences and leaflets on the website of the LAVG

An operating permit will be granted to you on application after

  • The competent authority shall establish that the legal requirements are met.
  • If the conditions are met, the operating permit is issued.
  • An inspection of the premises must be carried out by the competent authority before the start of operation.

Responsible for the content
The Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection (SGFV)
Unit 44: Pharmacy, Environmental Hygiene and Toxicology
Contrescarpe 72, 28195 Bremen, Germany

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