Medicinal products; retail pharmacovigilance

The supervision of retail trade in medicinal products outside pharmacies or in itinerant trade is the task of the district administrative authorities.


Drugstores, drugstores, health food stores, medical specialty stores, department stores, grocery stores, health food stores, sex shops, and fitness and bodybuilding centers are particularly suitable for monitoring.

During the on-site inspection of the commercial enterprise, the hygienic condition of the operating and business premises, facilities and their surroundings, means of transport and storage facilities are checked in particular.

Care is taken to ensure that the range of medicinal products contains only preparations that are available over-the-counter in accordance with the Medicinal Products Act or the Ordinance on Medicinal Products sold by Pharmacies and Over-the-Counter Medicinal Products.

The sale of over-the-counter medicinal products requires the expertise of the entrepreneur or a person entrusted by him with the management of the company or with the sale. The expertise must always be proven by an examination before the competent Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Other specific examinations and certificates (e.g. pharmaceutical commercial employee, pharmaceutical technical assistant) are also recognised as proof of expertise. It is determined whether a competent person is available.

Furthermore, the medicinal products are checked for proper storage and for quality defects (sensory detectable defects, labelling defects, expiry date).

When medicinal products are supplied in the travel trade, it is checked that only finished medicinal products approved for the travel trade are supplied. In addition, it is checked whether the medicinal products are stored properly and protected from light, temperature, weather and contamination during transport and placing on the market.

Status: 08.10.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege

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