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Legal Background

Mail order selling of pharmacy-only medicines has been allowed in Germany since 2004. The same legal requirements apply for mail order pharmacies as for any retail pharmacy. However, up to now, consumers on the internet were not able to tell whether a pharmacy has an official authorisation for mail order selling for Germany.

Since 26th June 2015, the new section 8 of paragraph 67 of the German Drug Law applies. It is part of the national implementation of the European "falsified medicines" directive 2011/62/EU. According to this regulation, every website offering the public medicinal products for human use per mail-order, has to display the common security logo and has to be indexed in the national register. This does not only concern pharmacies, but also other companies selling medicinal products which are released for trade outside of pharmacies.

This is now possible through the German Register of Online Medicine Retailers and the related EU security logo that DIMDI provides since 21th April 2009 on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health. This register only includes pharmacies that have an official permit for mail order of medicines for Germany ( 43 section 1 para. 1 of the German Drug Law). The competent bodies for the contents of the onlione medicine retailer register are those that are responsible for pharmacy monitoring according to federal state law (competent supervisory authorities). If you like to order medicines at mail order pharmacies from abroad, please take note of our FAQ.

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