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Dietary Supplements

Note: All product listings must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Examples of permitted listings

Dietary supplements that are not otherwise prohibited by Amazon policies and are appropriately described and labeled.

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Illegal drugs and dangerous drugs, such as:
    • Narcotics and Psychotropics defined under the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act of Japan, Cannabis defined under the Cannabis Control Act of Japan, Opium and Opium poppy defined under the Opium Act of Japan, Stimulants defined under the Stimulants Control Act of Japan, Poisonous and Deleterious Substances defined under the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act of Japan and products which contain specified drugs and specified drugs under the PMD Act of Japan
    • Products specified or reported by the MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) or any or the other regulatory agencies as dangerous drugs (including, herbal products that simulate the effects of any illegal drug and products called “legal drugs”)
    • Similar products that Amazon does not allow to sell

    For more information, please see the following links (Japanese) as well as the related laws and regulations

  • Unapproved drugs

    Products which contain pharmaceutical ingredients used for drugs or advertise medical efficacy and thus fall under the definition of drugs under the PMD Act, but have never obtained necessary approval etc.

    For more information, please see the following link (Japanese):

  • Drugs (including prescription drugs) that are manufactured or sold abroad and are not approved in Japan.
  • Prohibited imports by customs (Japanese):
  • Products that require a prescription or a medical professional's supervision or direction for their purchase or use
  • Prohibited products (to be shipped internationally) by
  • Products intended to defeat a drug test, such as urine additives and synthetic urine.
  • Products that are adulterated, misbranded or mislabeled.
  • Products that have been placed on the United States Anti-Doping Agency high risk dietary supplement list.
  • Products that have been the subject of a prior US regulatory action, such as:
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters, safety alerts, or recalls
    • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) emergency scheduling
    • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) orders or guidance
  • Products that are unapproved for advertisement, use or sale by the MHLW or any or the other regulatory agencies.
  • Products and products that contain ingredients that the MHLW or any other regulatory agencies have determined represent an unreasonable description of injury or illness, or are otherwise unsafe.
  • Listings claiming that a product is intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans or animals unless the claim is approved by laws, or the MHLW or any other regulatory agencies.
  • Products that contain controlled substances that are not allowed to be advertised or sold pursuant to laws or regulations.
  • Products intended for experiencing, or marketed for producing, an effect similar to that caused by an anabolic steroid, such as “Legal Steroids.”
  • Products that have passed their expiration, use-by dates or best-by dates.
  • Products that will be expired when they reach the customer.
  • Opened or used products
  • Products that are not sealed in original manufacturer's packaging.
  • "Tester," "Not for retail sale," or "Not intended for resale" products and products labeled as "Tester," "Not for retail sale," or "Not intended for resale".
  • Products that do not have a required labeling.
  • Products that have been the subject of recalls or safety alerts or warnings.
  • Products that have been the subject of criminal enforcement, injunctions, or seizures.
  • Products marketed in a manner that imitates the effects of a controlled substance, prescription drug, or substance identified by the MHLW or the other regulatory agencies as an unapproved new drug or tainted supplement.
  • Products containing ma huang.
  • Products marketed to imitate a prescription drug or prescription drug brand.
  • Products that contain deer antler velvet, such as deer antler spray.
  • Products that contain thyroid, adrenal extract or thyroid extract.
  • Supplements listings that include disease names in their keywords.
  • Products or ingredients that are subject to the MHLW or any or the other regulatory agencies warning letter.
  • Other products that Amazon does not allow to sell.
    • Supplements which contains Germanium.
    • Products produced from marijuana which possession, etc. are prohibited by law, e.g., products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
    • Cannabidiol (CBD) products that THC contamination has been discovered in the past (including products of the same brand and series).

Additional useful information

Related Amazon Help pages

Restricted Products: Drugs

Restricted Products: Quasi Drugs & Cosmetics

Food Safety and Compliance

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