Products which are not registered as medicines may not be advertised as having medicinal properties, according to a decision of the Chief Pharmaceutical Inspector.

The advertising of unregistered medicinal products is already prohibited under pharmaceutical law. This includes 'products presented as having medicinal properties' within the definition of a medicinal product.

The Chief Sanitary Inspector also has power to impose sanctions where advertising of a dietary supplement suggests that it has medicinal properties.

This decision is highly significant for the market, and may lead to further similar decisions about other unregistered products whose advertising suggests medicinal properties.

The decision is available at

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The original publication date for this article was 28/05/2012.