Prescriptions written in another country
Prescriptions written in another country: how are these recognized in France
A prescription for medication or medical devices written in another European Union or European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) member State must be recognized in France. The medications prescribed can be dispensed to you provided that they have market authorization and are available in France. Prescriptions written in another country.
The prescription must contain the following minimum information:
- The patient’s identity: Last name(s), First name(s), Date of birth
- Prescription authentication: date of issue
- The prescribing health professional’s identity: Last name(s), First name(s), Professional qualifications,
- Direct contact information (email address and telephone or fax number preceded by the international country code), Professional address (including the name of the member State), and Signature (this can be hand-written or digital depending on the prescription’s format)
- Identification of any products prescribed: common denomination, brand name indication, pharmaceutical form (pill, solution, etc.), quantity, dosage, and instructions for use.
The healthcare professional who writes the prescription must be licensed to practice in his or her home country. You can contact your National Contact Point for more information on the requirements in your home country. The healthcare professional who writes the prescription must be licensed to practice in his or her home country. You can contact your National Contact Point.
A prescription for medical care or medications, on the other hand, may be refused if the persons authorized to dispense medical devices or medications in France believe that doing so is in the best interests of the patient, or if they have legitimate, justified doubts about the authenticity or intelligibility of the prescription, or the capacity of the healthcare professional who wrote the prescription.