Licensing of Chinese Medicine Traders > Wholesaler licence in proprietary Chinese medicines

"Wholesale of proprietary Chinese medicines" means the obtaining or importing of any proprietary Chinese medicine to a manufacturer or a person who obtains such medicine for the purpose of selling again or supplying or causing to supply such medicine to a third party in the course of business or activity carried out by that person.

Applicants who wholesale proprietary Chinese medicines must first obtain a wholesaler licence in proprietary Chinese medicines.


How to obtain application forms

Application forms and the Handbook of the Application for Chinese Medicines Trader Licences can be obtained from the Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office of the Department of Health or downloaded from this website.


Submission of documents or information

Applicants are required to submit in person or by registered post the duly completed Application Form for Wholesaler licence in Proprietary Chinese Medicines (Form 1C) with the Documentation Checklist - Application for Wholesaler licence in Proprietary Chinese Medicines (Checklist 2C) accompanied by the required documents listed therein. The required documents include:

  1. Copy of Business Registration Certificate

  2. For limited company,

    1. Copy of Certificate of Incorporation; and

    2. Copy of Directors' List, such as Form AR1 of the Companies Registry or a full set of Form D1 (in case of a newly established limited company) ; OR

    For sole proprietorship, copy of Form 1(a) of Business Registration Office; OR

    For partnership, copy of Form 1(c) of Business Registration Office

  3. Name list of sole proprietor/partners/director(s) and key personnel (including full names in both Chinese and English, Hong Kong Identity Card numbers / Passport numbers and posts. In the case of a director being a corporation, please state the name and Company Number of the corporation)

  4. Brief floor plan of business premises

  5. Copies of documentary proofs in relation to potential dealings in proprietary Chinese medicines by the wholesaler of proprietary Chinese medicines (e.g., quotations from suppliers and order documents from buyers)

The Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office of the Department of Health will issue a letter of acknowledgement within 30 days upon receipt of an application form. The letter of acknowledgement will contain an application number. Any applicant who does not receive a letter of acknowledgement after the said 30 days shall contact the Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office of the Department of Health.


Application results and duration of the licence

After receiving an application, the Department of Health will send officers to inspect the applicant's business premises and prepare a report for assessment by the Chinese Medicines Board. If the application is approved by the Board, the applicant will be required to pay the prescribed fee. Upon the receipt of the relevant fee, the Department of Health will send the licence to the applicant by post. If an application is refused, the applicant will be notified in writing thereof, and he may initiate a review or appeal against that decision. The duration of the licence will be shown on the licence, and shall be not more than two years.


Licensing fees and methods of payment

For the required fees, please refer to Fees. Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office will issue a General Demand Note to the applicant. The applicant could make payment according to the payment methods stated in the General Demand Note.


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