Individuals can legally import most therapeutic goods for personal use under the Personal Importation Scheme.
Personal importation occurs when:
- an individual arranges from within Australia for a therapeutic good to be sent to them from an overseas supplier or family/friend; and
- the goods are to be used by that individual or a member of his/her immediate family and are not sold or supplied to any other person.
It is important to note that such therapeutic goods may not be approved for supply in Australia; this means there are no guarantees about their safety or quality.
Because safety and quality cannot be guaranteed do not order medicines, including dietary supplements and herbal preparations, over the Internet unless:
- You know exactly what is in the preparation; and
- You have checked the legal requirements for importation and use in Australia.
Personal Importation Scheme
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