Are you buying medicines online?

7/14/2014

When buying medicines online, it is hard to know if an online pharmacy is authentic and safe.

Today, the Commission adopts an implementing Regulation which sets out the design for a common logo for online pharmacies, and the technical requirements for ensuring its authenticity.

This is the logo to look out for on the homepage of an online pharmacy. The rectangle on the middle left side will have the flag of the EU country where the online pharmacy is established, and the text will be translated into the official language/s of that country. How does it work? 

Image of logotype

First, look for the logo on the website through which you are considering buying medicines and click on it. You should be taken to the national regulatory authority website, which lists all legally operating online pharmacies and other legally authorised retailers of medicines. Check that the pharmacy is listed. Then continue with your purchase. If not listed, do not buy from that website. Use one of the legitimate medicine retailers listed on your national regulatory authority’s website.

The logotype will be fully available in second half of 2015.

For more information go to the European Commission's press release via the link on the right side of this page.