Take a proficiency test on the sale of over-the-counter medicines Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

In order to be able to offer so-called over-the-counter medicines in the trade, you must prove the corresponding expertise by means of an examination.

In principle, medicines may only be sold in pharmacies. However, there are exceptions for the so-called over-the-counter medicines. These can be, for example, teas, ointments or tablets that contain herbal substances such as valerian. If you want to sell these products in your store, an employee with proven expertise must always be on site. You can prove this expertise through the examination.

In the examination, you must be able to answer questions about the proper storage of over-the-counter medicines, possible dangers in the event of overdose of the active ingredients and legal regulations for handling and sale. The questionnaire consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and 5 open-ended questions.

You should prepare for the content of the exam, for example by attending a preparatory course. However, this is not a prerequisite for registering for the exam.

With a university degree or vocational training in the field of pharmacy, you may already have the expertise and do not have to prove this by means of a separate examination, more on this can be found in the further information.

  • Photo ID for identification during the examination
  • Form: Registration form
  • Online procedure: Online registration partly possible
  • Written form requirement: no
  • Personal appearance: You must appear in person for the exam


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Related Links

  • § 50 Medicines Act (AMG)
  • §§ 1-5 Ordinance on proof of expertise in the retail trade of over-the-counter medicinal products

First, register in writing or online with the responsible Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

  • The Chamber of Industry and Commerce will confirm your registration
  • You take the exam on the selected date
  • If you pass the exam, you will then receive a certificate

After receiving the certificate, you are allowed to sell medicines that are not subject to the pharmacy obligation.

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