Kanta.fi: Finnish electronic prescriptions can now be used to purchase medicines in Poland


The use of Finnish electronic prescriptions in Europe is gradually expanding. Poland is the latest country to join the scheme.

In Poland, medicines can now be purchased from almost all pharmacies using a Finnish prescription. Correspondingly, Polish electronic prescriptions can be used to buy medicines in Finland. In addition to Poland, Finnish prescriptions are accepted in Estonia, Portugal and Croatia.

Checklist for purchasing prescription medicines abroad with a Finnish electronic prescription

Before taking a Finnish prescription to a pharmacy abroad, please note the points below:

  • You will be asked to present your passport or identity card at the pharmacy.
  • You can apply for Kela reimbursements for medicines purchased abroad afterwards online using the Omakela e-service
  • Prescriptions for with medicines with a narcotic effect and medicines that affect the central nervous system cannot be purchased from pharmacies abroad, as they require the original prescription.
  • Pharmacies in Poland and Portugal are gradually joining the scheme, so it is advisable to check in advance whether the European electronic prescription is accepted at the pharmacy of your choice.
  • You can only purchase medicines with your own prescription. It is not possible to purchase medicines on behalf of another adult or child.

The European ePrescription makes medical care easier for travellers

The aim of the European ePrescription is to ensure continuity of care and safe medical treatment for citizens moving around Europe. If a person needs medicines while staying in another European country, they can buy them from a pharmacy in that country.

Prescription data can be shared securely and efficiently using the shared digital services. A European e-Prescription also supports the management of the patient’s medication overall.

Co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.