Under the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, all proprietary Chinese medicines should be properly labelled and attached with package inserts.
The label on a package of proprietary Chinese medicine shall usually include the following particulars:
The package inserts of proprietary Chinese medicines shall usually include the following particulars:
As for the indications, contra-indications, side effects, toxic effects and precautions, they shall also be included on the package insert as far as practicable.
The content of the labels and package inserts of proprietary Chinese medicines enable the public to obtain the basic information and precautions of the medicines. Pursuant to the protection of the public on safe use of medicines and to facilitate the trade to show relevant content on the labels and package inserts, the Chinese Medicines Board has formulated "Guidelines on labels of proprietary Chinese medicines" and "Guidelines on package inserts of proprietary Chinese medicines".
The Chinese Medicines Board has also formulated "Q&A for labelling and package inserts of proprietary Chinese medicines (Chinese version only)" for reference.
For detailed requirements of the legal provisions on labelling and insert packages of proprietary Chinese medicines, please refer to the Application handbook for registration of proprietary Chinese medicines or Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong, the Chinese Medicine Ordinance and Chinese Medicines Regulation.