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Selling over-the-counter remedies

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Over-the-counter medicines can be obtained without a prescriptionExternal link. If you sell them in the Netherlands, you must adhere to the provisions of the Medicines Act and the Medicines Act Regulations.

Which medicine you may sell, depends on the point of sale. There are:

  • over-the-counter medicines that may only be sold at a pharmacy (UA)
  • over-the-counter medicines that may be sold in pharmacies and chemists (pharmacy and chemists-only medicine, UAD)
  • over-the-counter medicines that may be sold freely and, therefore, also in 'standard' shops and supermarkets (on general sale, AV)

Online sales

If you are a pharmacist and sell over-the-counter or other medicines online to the general public, you must register with CIBGExternal link (Dutch). If you meet the requirements, you will be awarded the (mandatory) European logo and you will be listed at Online retail sellers of medicinesExternal link (CIBG) (Dutch).

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency