In principle, pharmacy- and prescription-only medicinal products for end use may only be placed on the market in pharmacies (Section 43 (1) of the German Medicinal Products Act - AMG). Exceptions to this provision are conclusively regulated in Section 47 (1) Sentence 1 No. 5 AMG:
According to this, pharmaceutical entrepreneurs and wholesalers may, by way of exception, supply medicinal products, the dispensing of which is reserved for pharmacies, to central procurement agencies for medicinal products established on a statutory basis or recognized by the competent authority.
Recognition as a central procurement office can be applied for informally by e-mail to the competent government:
- Government of Upper Franconia: responsible for the administrative districts of Upper Palatinate, Upper Franconia, Middle Franconia and Lower Franconia.
- Government of Upper Bavaria: responsible for the administrative districts of Lower Bavaria, Upper Bavaria and Swabia.
Recognition is granted in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health.
Recognition as a central procurement agency enables the recognized companies or organizations to conclude contracts with the pharmaceutical companies in question under their own responsibility and authority.