Thai FDA Registration is mandatory for a list of product imported or manufactured in Thailand. In detail, the import of drugs (pharmaceuticals), food supplements, food, medical devices, cosmetics, products for animal health and every medical and/or hazardous substance is subject to Food and Drug Administration – Thai FDA registration.

The approval from Thai FDA must be obtained before importing any of the above enlisted products. Each category has separate registration requirements and procedures.


Importers of drugs must obtain Thai FDA approval prior to importing their medicines in Thailand. Thai FDA categorizes drugs into 4 categories: modern medicines, general medicines, traditional medicines, and veterinary medicines. Each one of them has separate registration requirements. The category named “general medicines” is grouped into 3 separate categories: generic medicines, new medicines, and new generics. Each medicine category has a distinct set of registration requirements.


Thai FDA has a special department managing Medical Device Registration. Such products require either licensing or registration, according to the CLASS where they are enlisted.

ASEAN Medical Device Directive (AMDD) is in force since February 15, 2021 . We always perform a pre-check with Thai FDA Officers to define the right definition and class of each product. 

The new regulation is a risk-based classification system based on ASEAN MDD guidance. Formerly most medical devices fell under the General Medical Device category and were subject to a simple listing process. Only a handful of medical devices were subject to the more rigorous Notification and Licensing reviews. Now all Class 2, 3, and 4 device applications will require full technical data in Common Submission Dossier Template (CSDT) format with a grace period for some documents. Medical device Import License applications will need to be submitted via one of three routes (from low risk to high): Listings, Notifications, and Licenses. Certificates of Free Sale (CFS) will no longer be required as part of the registration process.

Previous classificationNew classificationDate comes into force
GeneralClass 1 – ListingClass 1: March 17, 2021
NotifiedClass 2 – Notified
Class 3 – Notified
Classes 2, 3 and 4: February 15, 2021
LicensedClass 4 – Licensed


In the past, the Thai FDA was used to classify cosmetics into two categories based on the composition of the cosmetics:

Controlled cosmetics: Cosmetic products made by a certain list of ingredients required product notification to the FDA before products were allowed to be released on the market.

Specially controlled cosmetics: Cosmetics made with specially controlled ingredients required registration.

Actually, regulation changed in order to harmonize it with the incoming ASEAN legislation. Thus, Thai FDA registration for cosmetics follows only one procedure: Cosmetics must be registered and the list of ingredients, together with all relevant information, must be kept in the Product Identification File, under the responsibility of License Holder.


All the products intended for human consumption must be registered in Thai FDA. Food supplements and dietary supplements have a special Department managing their permission. According to Thai FDA Registration procedure, food and dietary supplements must be labeled in Thai language and their promotion must follow specific rules. Every dietary/food supplement wrongly managed by the importer is at risk to be considered by Thai FDA as drug. This will change the time for licensing from few weeks to several months.