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Illegal medicinal products from the Internet

Illegal medicinal products from the Internet

Find out in this video why you should be careful when buying medicinal products online, and what happens if customs officials discover that a consignment addressed to you contains illegally imported medicinal products.

Market surveillance - Market Monitoring of Illegal Medicinal Products

Officially, Ruth Mosimann is Head of Market monitoring of Illegal Medicinal Products. She and her seven-person team form the national point of contact for issues involving illegal therapeutic products and work together with their cantonal counterparts, fedpol and other Swiss authorities. The specialists in her team decide whether or not medicines can be imported into Switzerland. We followed the expert as she went about her duties.

The road to authorisation

A number of requirements must be fulfilled before a medicinal product can be authorised in Switzerland – starting with a correct establishment licence, passing through many reviews and ending with the official authorisation. 

Step 1: The establishment licence


Step 2: The criteria


Step 3: The submission


Step 4: The preliminary decision


Step 5: The official decision

Last modification 15.06.2023

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