"Wholesale of Chinese herbal medicines" means the obtaining or importing of any Chinese herbal medicine to a manufacturer or a person who obtains such medicine for the purpose of selling again or supplying or causing to supply such medicine to a third party in the course of business or activity carried out by that person.
Applicants who wholesale the Chinese herbal medicines must first obtain a wholesaler licence in Chinese herbal medicines.
Application forms and the Handbook of the Application for Chinese Medicines Trader Licences can be obtained from:
Chinese Medicine Division, Department of Health
All district offices of the Home Affairs Department (Enquiry no.:2835-2500)
The above-mentioned documents can be downloaded from this website and the relevant application forms can be obtained by fax through the automatic enquiry hotline system of the Chinese Medicine Division of the Department of Health (tel.: 2574-9999)
Applicants are required to submit in person or by registered post the duly completed Application Form for Wholesaler licence in Chinese Herbal Medicines (Form 1B) with the Documentation Checklist - Application for Wholesaler licence in Chinese Herbal Medicines (Checklist 2B) accompanied by the required documents listed therein. The required documents include:
Copy of Business Registration Certificate
For limited company,
Copy of Certificate of Incorporation; and
For sole proprietorship, copy of Form 1(a) of Business Registration Office; OR
For partnership, copy of Form 1(c) of Business Registration Office
Name list of sole proprietor/partners/director(s) and key personnel (including full names in both Chinese and English, Hong Kong Identity Card numbers / Passport numbers and posts. In the case of a director being a corporation, please state the name and Company Number of the corporation)
Brief floor plan of business premises
Copies of documentary proofs in relation to potential dealings in Chinese herbal medicines by the wholesaler of Chinese herbal medicines (e.g., quotations from suppliers and order documents from buyers)
The Chinese Medicine Division of the Department of Health will issue a letter of acknowledgement within 30 days upon receipt of an application form. The letter of acknowledgement will contain an application number. Any applicant who does not receive a letter of acknowledgement after the said 30 days shall contact the Chinese Medicine Division of the Department of Health.
After receiving an application, the Department of Health will send officers to inspect the applicant's business premises and prepare a report for assessment by the Chinese Medicines Board. If the application is approved by the Board, the applicant will be required to pay the prescribed fee. Upon the receipt of the relevant fee, the Department of Health will send the licence to the applicant by post. If an application is refused, the applicant will be notified in writing thereof, and he may initiate a review or appeal against that decision. The duration of the licence will be shown on the licence, and shall be not more than two years.
For the required fees, please refer to Fees. Chinese Medicine Division will issue a General Demand Note to the applicant. The applicant could make payment according to the payment methods stated in the General Demand Note.