Australian Nicotine Prescriptions

From October 1st, 2021, the Australian Government and Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) will require Australian Vapers to hold a prescription before importing nicotine e-liquid products (“unapproved medicines”) under the Personal Importation Scheme.

This page provides general information only and does not constitute legal advice.

It’s incumbent on you to make sure you’re following the proscribed vaping laws of whichever country you reside in.

Where can I get a prescription for Nicotine?

ATHRA has a great list of local doctors in every state who are willing to prescribe nicotine for smoking cessation. Otherwise, you can use a service such as Quit Clinics to get a prescription online.

What is Vapeys doing after 1st October?

We’re shipping orders as normal, and have implemented will be implementing a prescription-upload service on our cart page.

You can upload either an image/photo of your prescription, or a PDF file.

Please note that we do not store your prescription – you will have to upload it every time you place an order

Do I need to upload a prescription?

Yes please. The TGA recommends a copy of your prescription to be enclosed with the package the product is sent in, this is has now become a requirement.

Will I have to upload a prescription each time?

Yes. As prescriptions are considered sensitive private information, we’ve chosen to prioritise privacy and safety and will therefore not store prescriptions on a long term basis.

Is there a limit on how much I can order?

According to the Personal Importation Scheme you can order a three-month supply of your prescribed nicotine products.

Vapeys does not enforce these limits / order quantities.

Will Australian Border Force stop my parcel?

Absolutely not. From a logistics standpoint, there is no mechanism or legal requirement to include physical or digital prescriptions with any shipment into Australia under the Personal Importation Scheme. As such, there is no way for any authority to automatically know if a prescription is enclosed in a package unless they pay somebody to physically open the package, read the prescription, take the time to match the prescription with the e-liquids inside… for tens of thousands of packages coming into the country day in and out.

What will happen If ABF stop my parcel?

Australian Border Force (ABF) has the power stop your import at the border.

If there is no prescription enclosed in the package;

  • the ABF can refer the import to the TGA for assessment.
  • The TGA will then contact you to ask for a copy of your prescription.

If you send the TGA a copy of your prescription, they will instruct the ABF to forward your package to you.

If you do not provide a copy of your prescription, the TGA has the power to request that the ABF forfeit (destroy) the goods.

So in a nutshell..

Australians are legally required to have a prescription in order to receive nicotine by mail.

You are not legally required to send us a copy of your prescription. But certain courier companies are mandating this, so we recommend that you upload the prescription, while placing the order.

It’s possible the ABF will intercept your package and ask you to provide proof for your prescription. (If not uploaded)

It’s possible you will be fined if it’s found that you do not have a valid prescription – so make sure you go and get one before placing your order!

Vapeys cannot reimburse you for any seized shipments nor be liable for any fines levied by any authority – the onus is on you to ensure that you are compliant with any and all laws.

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