Requirements for Importing Medical Products and Substances of Human Origin
Most medical products and substances of human origin are subject to the same requirements as other standard goods.
As of 1 January 2022, suppliers will need to make full customs declarations on medical products and substances of human origin.
- Suppliers must have the relevant regulatory licences in place before importing medicines from the EU into GB
- Regulatory checks will continue to be made at individual elements of the supply chain rather than at the border
- There are no changes to controlled goods (e.g. controlled drugs) are imported from January 2022, as:
- a controlled drug import licence which must be physically presented at the border
- a full customs declaration is still required.
Further guidance from the MHRA is available to download.
Substances of Human Origin
- Hospitals, tissue or blood establishments, clinics or their representatives importing or exporting human organs, blood, blood products, tissues and cells will need to make an import or export declaration
- A ‘declaration by conduct’ can be made if importing or exporting substances into or from the UK and:
- it is for an emergency medical procedure that is time critical
- the journey cannot be planned to include time to make a full import or full export declaration
- An import or export declaration must be made if the substances are not needed for an emergency situation
- May be able to claim relief from Customs Duty and VAT when importing organs and other substances of human origin into the UK for emergency transplant or transfusion.