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Apply for a licence to practise as a pharmacist

Anyone wishing to practise as a pharmacist in Germany requires a separate professional licence: a licence to practise medicine or a licence to practise a profession.

The license to practice medicine represents the more comprehensive professional license.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Pharmacists of Lower Saxony.


  • The license to practice medicine is linked to various prerequisites, which are based on
    • successful completion of studies in Germany or an equivalent qualification abroad
      as well as
    • obtain personal and health suitability for the exercise of the profession.

Which documents are required?

Documents are required. Please contact the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Approximately 2 months after receipt of the complete documentation.


Objection possible.

What else should I know?

If you want to practice the profession of pharmacist abroad, you will usually need a "Certificate of good standing" (in the future: Certificate of Current Professional Status). This certificate is also issued by the competent authority, provided that the profession was last exercised in Lower Saxony.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality and Chamber of Pharmacists


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)