The Dutch government does not want medicines to be brought into the market which can be a health hazard, or the effectiveness of which is not certain. In order to achieve this goal, the Medicines Act (Geneesmiddelenwet, only available in Dutch) prohibits bringing into Dutch territory:
- medicines without a licence, and
- active substances for the manufacture of medicines without a registration
Medicines and active substances intended for medicines that enter the Netherlands without a licence or registration are intercepted by Customs. Customs notifies the Netherlands Healthcare Inspectorate. Customs then follows directions of the Healthcare Inspectorate concerning the manner in which the shipment must be handled.
For travellers: See the Individuals section, Abroad and customs, Luggage, From a non-EU country, Special products and pets, Medicines section on this website.