Police and Thai FDA raided on Feb 15th a warehouse finding 30 million THB value of products missing Thai FDA license and evidently fake or counterfeit.
Royal Thai Police and Thai FDA jointly announced the results of operations in the case of a warehouse raid where they found a large number of counterfeit products of famous brands and illegal products fraudulently sold through major online platforms. The operation led to seizure of 142 different products, worth more than 30,000,000 baht.
Recently, the Consumer Protection Board received many complaints from consumers that Found selling famous brands of cosmetics, medicinal products, herbal products.and medical device products (fingertip oximeter, thermometer, oxygen concentrator, pressure monitor, fingertip blood test kit) fake or missing the Thai FDA registration.
It was found that products were smuggled from China and kept hidden at a warehouse in Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani waiting to be sold online on more than 10 e-commerce platforms and delivered to end users.
Th business owner, a Chinese citizen, allegedly imported products such as medical devices, famous brand cosmetics (Neo-Hair Hair Serum), cosmetics and herbal medicine that without Thai FDA license. Allegedly the warehouse was the point of entry of goods in Thailand (registered warehouse) and was providing fulfillment services for online sales.
The company risks to be accused of having infringed the laws:
- Drug Act, B.E. 2510 “Selling drugs without permission” shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding 5 years and fined not exceeding 10,000 baht”
- The Cosmetics Act, B.E. 2535 “Selling counterfeit cosmetics” shall be liable to imprisonment for not more than 6 months or a fine of not more than 50,000 baht, or both.”
- Medical Device Act, B.E. 2562 “Selling Medical Devices without Thai FDA registration shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of not exceeding two years or to a fine of not exceeding 200,000 baht or to both.
- The Herbs Act B.E. 2562 “Selling herbal products without a license” is liable to imprisonment for a term of not exceeding three years or to a fine of not exceeding 300,000 baht or to both.
This event is clearly indicating how important is to have the correct Thai FDA license before importing Healthcare products in Thailand.
Major e-commerce platforms are actually requesting Thai FDA license before posting products for sale. Much still needs to be done to regulate a huge market where some unscrupulous companies operate outside the law. Thai FDA requires the support of citizens, who can refer to the site https://oryor.com to check the actual registration of products for sale online.