Reporting suspected trafficking in medicinal products

Reporting suspected trafficking in medicinal products

Anyone who manufactures, distributes or dispenses human or veterinary medicinal products has a legal obligation to report suspected trafficking to Swissmedic. An information sheet and special form have been created for the reporting procedure. These provide practical advice and assist with reporting tip-offs.

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



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

Last modification 26.08.2022

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