FDA license - hazardous substances.

There are four types of hazardous substances in Thailand:

  • Type 1

    Less hazardous
  • Type 2

    More hazardous than type 1
  • Type 3

    More dangerous than type 2
  • Type 4

    Restricted substances

The type of hazardous substance is considered by the product’s ingredient. We have to check each ingredient of the product in the FDA database system for considering its type. In case there are several ingredients, and type for each ingredient is different, the product will be defined as a type of the most hazardous ingredient in the product.

For FDA Thailand, products are considered as hazardous substances by their purpose.

The categories are as follows:

  • Pest control and Rodenticide products
  • Cleaning products
  • Sanitizing products
  • Other products (e.g. liquid paper, glue which contains alkyl cyanoacrylate, etc.)

Therefore, even if the cleaning products can be proved as drinkable substance, it will still be considered as hazardous substance by product’s purpose.

The process and government fees

Before you can apply for the FDA license, the foreign director needs to have obtained his/her work permit. If the director is Thai, this is of course not required.

The type 2 and 3 products require a Lab Test of the product, which is performed by the FDA. In order for the FDA to do this test, they need a sample of the product. The sample can only be imported of a sample permit has been applied for. It can be summarised as follows:

TypeImport Sample PermitLab Test CertificateRegistration LicenseImport License
1NoNoYesYes
No feeNo fee
Two working days
2YesYesYesYes
300 THB7,000 THB per each hazardous ingredientNo fee500 – 3,000 THB
4-7 working days30-45 working days75-150 working days
3YesYesYesYes
300 THB7,000 THB per each hazardous ingredientNo fee500 – 3,000 THB
4-7 working days30-45 working days75-150 working days
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