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Importing therapeutic goods

If you are planning to import a therapeutic good, you must meet certain legal requirements set out in the therapeutic goods legislation.

Generally, therapeutic goods must be entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before you can legally import them into Australia, unless they are exempt from being entered in the ARTG. Every ARTG entry belongs to a 'sponsor' who is responsible for applying for and maintaining the ARTG entry.

Unapproved therapeutic goods

There are certain circumstances where unapproved therapeutic goods that are not in the ARTG can be legally imported.

Importing controlled substances

The Office of Drug Control, as part of the Australian Government Department of Health, regulates and provides advice on the import of controlled substances.

Controlled substances (such as narcotic, psychotropic and precursor substances) are prohibited for import without a licence and/or permit under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

To import therapeutic goods that contain a controlled substance you need:

If you are unsure if the good you are importing contains a controlled substance, you should: