Read the regulations for personal import.
Examples of products classified as medicinal products in Norway with regard to personal importation:
- Products that contain medicinal substances. The medicinal substances listed in the Regulation on the classification of medicinal products are only examples of medicinal substances. This is not an exhaustive list. There are a number of other substances regarded as medicinal substances in addition to those listed here.
- Products that contain herbs. Herbs and herbal mixtures are generally regarded as medicinal products. There are exceptions noted among the herbs listed in the Regulation on the classification of medicinal products. These have been marked “H” (referring to a commodity, or non-medicinal product). Exceptions apply only to pure, dried herbs or aqueous extract. Note that herbs may have several names (synonyms). Herbs that are not included in the list of herbs are to be regarded as medicinal products.
- Products that claim to be medicinal products, e.g. by purporting medicinal effects or through other types of marketing, regardless of product content. A large number of products are marketed in such a way that they are regarded as medicinal products.
- Products for injection, with the exception of CE-marked medical devices or products regulated by the Regulation on tattoo products.
- Products to be used in the eyes, with the exception of CE-marked medical devices.
- Homeopathic products.
- Narcotic substances. These are also subject to regulations relating to narcotic substances, and are not permitted for personal importation.
- New synthetic substances that resemble substances on the list of narcotics, but that are not subject to regulations relating to narcotic substances.
- Doping agents. These are also subject to regulations relating to doping substances, and are not permitted for personal importation.
There are no lists providing a complete overview of products that have been classified as either medicinal products or non-medicinal products in Norway. It is not possible to compose such a list, since new products are continuously arriving on the market in different countries, and changes are constantly being made to existing products.
Read about medicinal products that are permitted for personal import.
It is not possible for The Norwegian Medicines Agency to answer question from private individuals regarding the classification of imported products for personal use. Any consumer should be able to determine whether or not a specific product is a medicinal product, based on the information provided above. These cases are only assessed if and when a product is seized and the case is forwarded from the postal service or shipping company.