In certain circumstances, pharmacists who are nationals of a Member State of the European Union, of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation may provide services (acts performed in the exercise of their profession) in Luxembourg on a temporary and occasional basis without holding a licence to practise issued by the Minister of Health.
To do so, a prior declaration of provision of services must be sent to the Minister of Health:
Where pharmacists have been suspended or banned from practising their profession in Luxembourg and are legally established in another Member State, they may not provide any services in Luxembourg for as long as they continue to be suspended or banned.
Service providers must possess the language skills that are necessary for them to exercise their profession in Luxembourg.
If their mother tongue is not French, German or Luxembourgish, proof of their language skills must be provided in order to be authorised to provide services in Luxembourg.
The minimum level of language proficiency required in French or German is level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The level can be proven by any means such as:
Pharmacists who cannot provide such proof as listed above must provide a level B2 language proficiency certificate issued by an approved examination centre.
In Luxembourg, the approved examination centre is the National Institute for Languages Luxembourg (Institut national des langues Luxembourg - INLL).
Before providing services for the first time, the pharmacist concerned must submit a declaration in that regard to the Minister of Health.
A copy of that declaration sent by the Minister of Health to the Medical Board (Collège médical) constitutes automatic temporary registration with that body, the service provider being exempted from the obligation to pay a membership fee.
A copy of the declaration is sent to the social security bodies.
Pharmacists can submit their declaration of provision of services:
Ministère de la Santé
1, rue Charles Darwin
The procedure with authentication has several advantages compared to the procedure without authentication. In particular, it allows the temporary saving of the data entered so that the pharmacist can access them later.
Once the declaration has been submitted, all subsequent messages and notifications concerning changes in the processing status of the application will be sent to the pharmacist by email.
Pharmacists must include the following supporting documents with their declaration:
All documents that are not drawn up in French, German or Luxembourgish must be accompanied by their French, German or Luxembourgish translation produced by a sworn/certified translator.
The declaration of provision of services is valid for one year.
It must be renewed:
The renewal procedure is the same as the initial declaration procedure (submission via MyGuichet.lu or by post).
In the event of renewal of the declaration of provision of services, pharmacists must:
The attestation must be less than 3 months old at the time it is presented, and must where necessary be accompanied by a translation.
Once the file is complete, a copy of the declaration concerning the provision of services is sent by the Ministry of Health to the Medical Board and to the social security bodies.
To speed up the processing of their application, pharmacists should ensure that their declaration contains all the required information and supporting documents.
Pharmacists who provide services in Luxembourg are subject to the Luxembourg rules of professional, regulatory or administrative conduct directly related to their professional qualifications, such as:
Pharmacists providing services enjoy the same rights and are subject to the same obligations as professionals who are established in Luxembourg.
They are required to comply with the professional rules and code of ethics in force in Luxembourg.
If the application is refused, the applicant may appeal the decision. The appeal must be filed with the administrative tribunal within one month of being notified of the decision.
The pharmacists' disciplinary, civil and criminal liability may be incurred if, owing to insufficient language skills, they make a mistake in the performance of their duties.
They also run the risk of imprisonment and a fine in the case of:
Déclaration de prestation de services (première déclaration et renouvellement)
Déclaration de prestation de services - pharmacien (première déclaration et renouvellement)