Importing goods in Thailand without Registration in Thai FDA is illegal
In Thailand, for any activity related to food, dietary supplements, medical devices, cosmetics, drugs and traditional medicine (chinese medicine) a registration in Thai FDA is mandatory. Let’s see in detail.
Registration in Thai FDA is mandatory
Even the temporary import, promotion or advertisement (online and offline) of any product in the above list is forbidden without a correct registration in Thai FDA.
Any clinical meeting, product test, even with samples not for sale, is subject to this rule. As exception to this rule, Cosmetics are allowed to be imported for expositions and lab test (not for consumer test!). For this reason, every person entering in Thailand with Medical Devices, Dietary Supplements, or drugs not intended for personal use in his luggage is theoretically subject to fine and imprisonment (up to 3 years and 200.000THB).
Shipping products by courier with door-to-door term can be a shortcut? Yes, if Custom don’t check the package. If they do it, you will face fine and delays in the best case. In any case this is not the legal solution for a professional and commercial use. We suggest you not ot do it.
In our experience, we have seen many attempts to bypass rules that in most cases have been turned in big problems. Shipments blocked for long time in the custom, products seized, and Companies flagged.
Thai FDA registration is easy to get. Except for drugs (obviously time is long for such product category), your product can be registered in Thai FDA in 1/4 weeks, just providing the necessary documents to a Thai accredited and licensed importer.
How to register in Thai FDA?
- find a Thai company with full license and registered business place. You may contact Kha Bangkok or Kha Group, they can provide full service.
- provide a set of documents, variable according to the nature and classification of your product.
- provide the name of an accredited license holder to have its name as authorized importer (it must be a Thai registered juristic person)
- pay the fee, and in a reasonable time you will have your certification ready
Normal time is 3 weeks for the full process for medical devices and dietary supplements, 1 week for cosmetics, up to 6 months for traditional medicine, more than one year for drugs. These lead time are not the standard times, but based on our direct experience. Cosmetics theoretically can be approved in two days, but it never happens…
How to Import after Registration in Thai FDA
After Thai FDA Registration you will be authorized to import the product according to this scheme:
- Send the request for import to Thai FDA
- Receive the approval to import from Thai FDA
- Apply for Custom clearance in Thai Custom
- Pay Duties and VAT
- Get the product
Once this process has been done, every foreign company is authorized to import, promote, advertise healthcare products in the full respect of Thai law.
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