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Advertising for medicines

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you manufacture medicines and want to advertise them, you must adhere to the rules specified in the Medicines Act (Geneesmiddelenwet). It distinguishes between advertising for prescription medicines and advertising for medicines available without prescription (over-the counter medicines).

Advertising prescription medicines

You are not allowed to advertise prescription medicines to the public. You may advertise under certain conditions to professionals such as doctors and dentists. The rules can be found in the Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical AdvertisingExternal link (Gedragscode Geneesmiddelenreclame) of the Foundation for the Code for Pharmaceutical Advertising (Stichting Code Geneesmiddelenreclame, CGR).

Advertising non-prescription medicines

Subject to certain conditions, you may advertise non-prescription medicines. The advertising must clearly be about medicines, for example. It must also include instructions for use. Furthermore, the advertising must not be specifically aimed at children.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency