Cross-border Prescriptions

The medical prescription issued in one member state for a named person shall be recognized in Greece and vice versa. The medicinal product or medical device shall be provided if it is authorized to be marketed. However, if there are justified and legitimate doubts about the impact of the medicinal products on human health, or about the authenticity, content, comprehensibility of an individual prescription, the delivery of the medicinal product could be denied.

The European Commission has issued the Implementing Directive 2012/52/EU in order to facilitate the recognition of the medical prescriptions issued in another member state. There is no specific form or format for a prescription you will use in another EU country. However, it has to contain at least the following information:

  1. identification of the patient (surname(s) – first name(s) – date of birth).

  2. issue date of the prescription.

  3. identification of the prescribing health professional (surname, first name, professional qualification, direct contact details, work address, written or digital signature).

  4. identification of the prescribed product (common name or brand name under certain conditions, pharmaceutical formulation, quantity, strength, dosage regimen).

Please take notice:
Prescriptions are subject to the rules of the country where they are dispensed. This means that a pharmacist will apply national rules when dispensing your medicine – for example, you may not be allowed the same number of days’ dosage.