Are you importing medicine containing doping or euphoriant substances?

11 November 2015, Updated 14 May 2018

If you import medicine containing doping or euphoriant substances to Denmark, it may be illegal and you could be reported to the police. It makes no difference if you go and get the medicine in another country or have it sent to you. Certain conditions must be met for it to be legal.

Some of the medicines you use might contain ingredients that are considered doping substances or euphoriant substances. The illegal import of doping or euphoriant substances is a police matter, which could be quite serious. So, it is worth the trouble to study the rules that regulate the import of medicine containing doping or euphoriant substances.

Does your medicine contain doping or euphoriant substances?

For private individuals it can be difficult to know if the medicine they take contains doping or euphoriant substances. See a list of substances considered doping substances in Denmark (in Danish only).

If you would like to know which substances are considered euphoriant in Denmark, we refer to the lists in the schedules of the executive order on euphoriant substances (in Danish only).

If you want to import medicine but are unsure if your medicine contains doping or euphoriant substances, please contact us on privates.import@dkma.dk.

Import of medicine containing doping substances

The import of medicine containing doping substances is governed by the rules that also apply to the import of regular medicine. You can read more about the rules here: 

Do you buy medicine online?

Are you bringing medicine into Denmark?

Please be aware that it is illegal as a private individual to possess doping substances in Denmark, unless it is for disease prevention or treatment and is prescribed by a doctor. To be able to prove this, you need to carry a prescription for the medicine when you import it to Denmark and while you stay in Denmark.

You could be asked to show documentation that you meet the conditions for importing the medicine legally. We therefore advise you to keep the prescription from the doctor and your receipt for the medicine purchase.

In case of illegal import of medicine containing doping substances, we refer the matter to the police.

Import of medicine containing euphoriant substances

In consignments

The import of medicine containing euphoriant substances in consignments is not permitted no matter which country it is sent from. This means, for example, that it is not legal to buy medicine containing euphoriant substances online and have it posted from Sweden or the USA. Illegal imports like these will be handed over to the police.

When entering Denmark

On entry into Denmark, private individuals are allowed to bring medicines containing euphoriant substances listed on schedules B, C, D, E or the euphoriant substance listed as no. 1 on schedule A in the executive order on euphoriant substances, but only in quantities corresponding to 30 days personal use. In addition, it must be legal to sell the medicine to private individuals in the country where it was bought and must be for personal use as part of disease prevention or treatment of humans.

Be aware that on entry into Denmark, you could be asked to show documentation to prove the medicine you bring is for your own personal use and is legal to sell. We therefore advise you to keep the prescription from the doctor and your receipt for the medicine purchase.

In the schedules of the executive order on euphoriant substances, you can see if a substance is euphoriant and the list it appears on.

Your responsibility

When you import medicine, it is your responsibility to ensure the import is legal.
Ask us if you are not sure if a product is a medicine or whether you are allowed to import it to Denmark.

If you break the rules, the case will be referred to the police

If you import medicine containing doping or euphoriant substances illegally, the case will be referred to the police for processing.
Find more information in the executive order on private individuals' import of medicines (in Danish only).

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