Report regarding suspected illegal trading in medicinal products

Human and veterinary medicinal products

As of 1 January 2019, anyone who produces, sells or distributes medicinal products is required by law to report to Swissmedic any suspicion of illegal trading in such products. An information sheet and a special form have been created to assist the reporting procedure with specific information and practical advice.

A new version of the Information sheet on notification of suspected illegal trading in medicinal products has been available since 1 September 2022.

Examples from the new content:
The revised information sheet

  • clarifies the criteria for cases to be notified in connection with mandatory notification when there is a suspicion of illegal trading in medicinal products
  • supplements the legal basis as specified in Annex 4 of the Medicinal Products Licensing Ordinance (MPLO; SR 812.212.1)
  • mentions the special case of returns from the pharmacy
  • specifies exemptions to mandatory notification for falsified or illegally traded medicinal products manufactured for foreign markets
  • gives further details regarding notifications of theft/loss

The form for submitting a report is now only available online:


National point of contact for illegal medicines
Hallerstrasse 7
3012 Bern

Please notify with the form

In urgent cases during office hours
reachable under

+41 58 468 70 66

Outside office hours only in very urgent cases
(not served between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.)

+41 58 462 07 27