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Pharmacy studies - recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad



The language certificates must be provided by every applicant, irrespective of whether the applicant is training to become a pharmacist in an EU member state, an EEC member state or a third country.

Language skills in German at level B2 and technical language skills at level C1 must be demonstrated.

No academic degrees (e.g. doctorate, bachelor, master, diploma) are entered on the licence to practise medicine, as academic degrees are not part of the name.



A licence to practise pharmacy on a permanent basis is required. Please submit the documents according to the application by post.



For the granting of the licence to practise pharmacy, the Federal Pharmacists' Code provides for the equivalence check of the pharmacy studies completed abroad with the current German pharmacy studies.

Under certain circumstances, it is possible to grant you a professionally restricted professional licence according to § 11 Para. 1 BApO. This professional permit can be restricted to certain activities and employment positions. It may only be granted or extended revocably and for a limited period of time up to a maximum of two years. 

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Recognition of foreign qualifications in the health sector


Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Department 95.2
Landesanerkennungsstelle für Gesundheitsberufe (LAfG BW)
Ruppmannstraße 21
70565 Stuttgart

Please submit application documents by post only. As a rule, you will receive a written con-firmation of receipt or a request for missing documents.
Contact form
FAQ Academic Health Professions (in german)

Please note: Longer processing times

We ask for your understanding that due to the continous increase in applications, longer processing times within the legal deadlines must be expected. In order to ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible, it is currently not possible to reach the case workers by telephone.

General enquiries about the current state of processing cannot be answered. If you have specific questions about an application that has already been submitted, please send an e-mail to the responsible clerk, stating your name, date of birth and job title as well as a call-back number.

Counselling services:

Department 95 cannot provide counselling beyond the written information.
The IQ Netzwerk Baden-Württemberg maintains a state-wide counselling network for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

If your interest relates to Germany in general, we recommend that you use the advisory services offered by the Central Service Point for Professional Recognition ZSBA. The ZSBA advises and supports you throughout the entire recognition procedure and can assist you in compiling the documents. The service is free of charge. You can reach the ZSBA at the e-mail address recognition@arbeitsagentur.de.