Medsafe regulates products that are used for a therapeutic purpose, to ensure the product’s safety, quality and effectiveness. This includes: medicines; related products; herbal remedies; medical devices; and controlled drugs used as medicines. Click here for more details; About us.
Classification of Medicines in New Zealand
Every country has a different classification system for medicines. A medicine may be over-the-counter in one country, but may be classified as a prescription medicine in New Zealand.
Use the following link to work out the classification of your medicine(s): Classification of Medicine Schedule
Note: When using the classification of medicine schedule, please be aware that:
- The medicine name (the active ingredient) must be entered, do not enter the brand name
- Medicines not available in New Zealand may not be included on the schedule
If you are unsure of the classification of your medicine, please submit the following form: General Enquiry form
What is personal importation?
When an individual either:
- Brings a medicine into New Zealand on their person (for instance
passengers visiting New Zealand arriving at the airport),
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- Arranges for a medicine to be sent to them from an overseas supplier. In most cases the medicine is sent through the post or via an international courier. Click here for further information
In both cases, the goods must be used by that individual or a member of his/her immediate family and must not be sold or supplied to any other person.
The maximum amount of prescription medicines you can import with a reasonable excuse is three months supply, with the exception of oral contraceptives where you are able to import six months supply.
Some medicines, particularly some Chinese herbal products, have been tested by Medsafe and found to contain undeclared prescription medicines. It is illegal to import a product adulterated with a prescription medicine, and if these are seized by Medsafe at the border they will be destroyed. The most common products that are adulterated are slimming products which contain Sibutramine, or products to help with sexual dysfunction which contain Sildenafil. Click here for further information
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PO Box 7772
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions which are not answered above, please submit the following form: General Enquiry form
Contact Us At:
PO Box 7772
To lodge a complaint relating to the import; export; manufacture; advertising; or supply of therapeutic products please Click here