Medicinal products - register for the expert knowledge examination for the trade in over-the-counter medicinal products

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

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

  • In the exam, you must be able to answer questions on, for example, the proper storage of over-the-counter medicines, possible dangers of overdosing the active ingredients and legal regulations on handling and selling. The questionnaire consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and 5 open questions.
  • With a university degree or vocational training in the field of pharmacy, you may already have the expertise and do not need to prove it through a separate examination, more on this can be found in the further information.

  1. You register in writing or online with the competent Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK).
  2. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) confirms your registration.
  3. You take the examination on the chosen date.
  4. If you pass the examination, you will receive a certificate afterwards.
  5. After receiving the certificate, you are allowed to sell medicines that are not subject to compulsory pharmacy sales.

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Online processing


  • Appearance in person
    You must appear in person for the examination.
  • Observe registration deadline
    Usually, the registration deadline is 3 weeks before the respective examination date.

Documents required

  • Registration for the expert knowledge examination
    Only online possible
    You must register for this on the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Berlin' s registration portal.
  • ID card with photo for identification at the examination


EUR 85.00

Average time to process request

Usually, you will receive the certificate within a few days after passing the exam.

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