Hong Kong 2021 Import license for medicinal cosmetics

2021-02-19 17:11

Import license for medicinal cosmetics

Regarding import license for cosmetics, you have to Registration of Pharmaceutical Products before import to HK if the ingredients include the Pharmaceutical products.

The relative procedure as below:

You should register your new application via the online Pharmaceutical Registration System 2.0 (PRS 2.0) at


You have to use Pharmaceutical Registration System to submit the below application:

1. Registrant of Pharmaceutical Products –the period of application around 6 months. For further information please check below drug office link.


2. Application for Wholesale Dealer License and application period around 2 months

- Applicant MUST nominate a person in charge of poisons and pharmaceutical products, who is with HK ID or passport holder must with HK working visa

3. For import local sale or distribution must accompanied application pharmaceutical product certificate and Pharmaceutical products and medicines import licenses issued by the Trade and Industry Department

Validity period:

Pharmaceutical products registration – register one time for the same products only.

Wholesale license – 5 years

Import License – per shipment

As stipulated under Reg.36(1) of the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations (Cap. 138A), "pharmaceutical products" must be registered before they can be sold, offered for sale, distributed, or possessed for the purposes of sales, distribution, or other use in Hong Kong.

The sale of unregistered pharmaceutical products is an offense under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance. The maximum penalty is a fine at level 6 of Criminal Procedure Ordinance Cap 221 ($100,000) and two years' imprisonment.

However, if the products' ingredients are not inclusive of Pharmaceutical products, then there is no need to apply for the license.