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Take the proficiency test for the sale of over-the-counter medicines


In principle, medicines can 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, there must always be an employee with proven expertise on site. You can prove this expertise by taking the exam.

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

You should prepare for the exam in terms of content, 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 it with a separate examination, you can find more about this in the further information.

  • Photo ID for identification during the exam

There are costs. The exact amount can be found in the fee schedule of the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

As a rule, you will receive the certificate within a few days of passing the exam.

Detailed information on how to appeal against an examination result can be found in the notification of failure to pass the examination.

Contact the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK).

  • Form: Registration form
  • Online procedure: Online registration possible in some cases
  • Written form requirement: no
  • Personal appearance: You must appear in person for the exam

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 chosen date
  • If you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate afterwards

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

Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Industrie- und Handelskammer Halle-Dessau
Franckestraße 5
06110 Halle (Saale), Stadt
0345 2126-0