All medicinal products that are distributed without a prescription in Norway are called OTC (Over The Counter) medicines.
These products are classified as:
For medicinal products approved via the Decentralized, Mutual Recognition and National procedures, the legal status for supply is determined nationally by the Norwegian Medicines Agency. Guidance for the appointment of legal status for supply is provided for in A guideline on changing the classification for the supply of a medicinal product for human use, the Norwegian Regulation Forskrift om legemidler, and the EU Directive 2001/83/EC. The European Commission appoints the legal status for supply for medicinal products approved via the Centralized Procedure.