Thursday, July 25, 2013

FDA Applications In Thailand

There are an increasing amount of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) applications being made in Thailand. One explanation could be the booming medical tourism trade which appears to be emerging in Thailand. More and more tourists and expats with disposable incomes are seeking a wide variety of expensive treatments, and of course where there is demand, there are always companies ready to supply, hence perhaps the reason for more medical service providers venturing into the Thailand market.

Importing pharmaceuticals, or other medical, narcotic and toxic substances into Thailand requires registration with the FDA. 

The application process is clear yet detailed but it must be complied with before a registration certificate will be provided. 

Importers need to provide comprehensive details about the company that will actually import the product, plans and photos of the production facility are required as is evidence to show that Thai laws have been met in respect of manufacturing, including, for example, lighting and ventilation, proper areas for preparation, the type of equipment that will be used.

Fees and then length of time it will take for the registration process to be complete will vary depending on the item being registered.

The Thai FDA also has authority to control product advertising, ensuring that the claims made by producers are backed by proper evidence and studies.

FDA applications can be complicated and timely and are a hugely administrative process, conducted solely in Thai. Consulting a law firm that is familiar with the Thai FDA registration and its processes can help to make sure that applications are expedited and dealt with as smoothly as possible. 

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