The UK Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has implemented new rules for selling medicines online.

Starting from 1 July 2015, anybody in the UK selling medicines online to the general public needs to be registered with the MHRA and to be on the MHRA’s list of UK registered online retail sellers. Sellers need to display the new European common logo on their website offering medicines for sale.

The registered EU common logo will contain a hyperlink to their entry in the MHRA’s list of registered online sellers. Consumers buying medicines online can then check if the website is legitimately registered and will be able to click on the logo which will take them through to a list of approved sellers. The penalty for selling medicines online without being registered and not displaying the logo is up to 2 years in prison or a fine or both.