HOW TO OBTAIN A GERMAN LICENCE FOR FOREIGN PHARMACISTS TO PRACTISE AS A PHARMACIST in GERMANY
Foreign pharmacists can work in Germany if they obtain the German Licence to practise as a pharmacist
The so-called “Approbation”, a licence to practise as a pharmacist, is the professional recognition status that pharmaceutical students in Germany obtain after successfully passing the state exam.
Foreign students obtain the German licence to practise as a pharmacist if they:
- can either provide a certificate to prove that their training from their home country is equivalent to the German training or
- show by means of a knowledge exam that they are qualified for the German licence to practise medicine
Regardless of which of these two routes suits your situation best, you will need to demonstrate by way of a technical language exam that you can communicate in German with patients and work colleagues. A German licence to practise as a pharmacist cannot be granted by the responsible German authorities if you do not successfully pass the technical language exam and provide proof of the equivalence of your qualification.
Another option is to receive a short-term license called “Berufserlaubnis”. This license will allow you to start practising as a pharmacist in a German pharmacy after you provide a B2 language certificate and you successfully passed the technical language exam.