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Classification of Goods and Services

(The First Schedule To The Customs Tariff Act, 1975)

Chapter 30


Pharmaceutical products


1. This Chapter does not cover:

(a) foods or beverages (such as dietetic, diabetic or fortified foods, food supplements, tonic beverages and mineral waters), other than nutritional preparations for intravenous administration (Section IV);

(b) Preparations, such as tablets, chewing gum or patches (transdermal systems), intended to assist smokers 40 to stop smoking (heading 2106 or 3824)

(c) plasters specially calcined or finely ground for use in dentistry (heading 2520);

(d) aqueous distillates or aqueous solutions of essential oil, suitable for medicinal uses (heading 3301);

(e) preparations of headings 3303 to 3307, even if they have therapeutic or prophylactic properties;

(f) soap or other products of heading 3401 containing added medicaments;

(g) preparations with a basis of plaster for use in dentistry (heading 3407); or

(h) blood albumin not prepared for therapeutic or prophylactic uses (heading 3502).

2. For the purposes of heading 3002, the expression “immunological products” applies to peptides and proteins (other than goods of heading 2937) which are directly involved in the regulation of immunological processes, such as monoclonal antibodies (MAB), antibody fragments, antibody conjugates and antibody fragment conjugates, interleukins, interferons (IFN), chemokines and certain tumor necrosis factors (TNF), growth factors (GF), hematopoietins and colony stimulating factors (CSF).

3. For the purposes of headings 3003 and 3004 and of Note 4(d) to this Chapter, the following are to be treated:

(a) as unmixed products:

(1) unmixed products dissolved in water;

(2) all goods of Chapter 28 or 29; and

(3) simple vegetable extracts of heading 1302, merely standardised or dissolved in any solvent;

(b) as products which have been mixed:

(1) colloidal solutions and suspensions (other than colloidal sulphur);

(2) vegetable extracts obtained by the treatment of mixture of vegetable materials; and

(3) salts and concentrates obtained by evaporating natural mineral waters.

4. Heading 3006 applies only to the following, which are to be classified in that heading and in no other heading of this Schedule-

(a) sterile surgical catgut, similar sterile suture materials (including sterile absorbable surgical or dental yarns and sterile tissue adhesives for surgical wound closure;

(b) sterile laminaria and sterile laminaria tents;

(c) sterile absorbable surgical or dental haemostatics; sterile surgical or dental adhesion barriers, whether or not absorbable;

(d) opacifying preparations for X-ray examinations and diagnostic reagents designed to be administered to the patient, being unmixed products put up in measured doses or products consisting of two or more ingredients which have been mixed together for such uses;

(e) blood-grouping reagents;

(f) dental cements and other dental fillings; bone reconstruction cements;

(g) first-aid boxes and kits;

(h) chemical contraceptive preparations based on hormones, on other products of heading 2937 or on spermicides;

(i) gel preparations designed to be used in human or veterinary medicine as a lubricant for parts of the body for surgical operations or physical examinations or as a coupling agent between the body and medical instruments;

(j) waste pharmaceuticals, that is, pharmaceutical products which are unfit for their original intended purpose due to, for example, expiry of shelf-life; and

(k) appliances identifiable for ostomy use, that is, colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy pouches cut to shape and their adhesive wafers or faceplates.

Sub-heading Notes:

1. For the purposes of sub-headings 3002 13 and 3002 14, the following are to be treated:

(a) as unmixed products, pure products, whether or not containing impurities;

(b) as products which have been mixed:

(1) the products mentioned in (a) above dissolved in water or in other solvents;

(2) the products mentioned in (a) and (b) (1) above with an added stabiliser necessary for their preservation or transport; and

(3) the products mentioned in (a), (b) (1) and (b) (2) above with any other additive.

2. Sub-headings 3003 60 and 3004 60 cover medicaments containing artemisinin (INN) for oral ingestion combined with other pharmaceutical active ingredients, or containing any of the following active principles, whether or not combined with other pharmaceutical active ingredients: amodiaquine (INN); artelinic acid or its salts; artenimol (INN); artemotil (INN); artemether (INN); artesunate (INN); chloroquine (INN); dihydroartemisinin (INN); lumefantrine (INN); mefloquine (INN); piperaquine (INN); pyrimethamine (INN) or sulfadoxine (INN).