ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Mar 2021

In March 2021, the Norwegian authorities introduced an export notification on all types of immunoglobulins following the outbreak of COVID-19.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

The Norwegian Medicines Agency, Parallelleksport, meldeplikt og rasjonering av legemidler i forbindelse med covid-19: https://legemiddelverket.no/import-og-salg/import-og-grossistvirksomhet/parallelleksport-meldeplikt-og-rasjonering-i-forbindelse-med-covid-19
The Norwegian Gazette, Regulation FOR-2020-03-06-239, Forskrift om tiltak for å sikre forsyningen av legemidler, medisinsk utstyr og personlig verneutstyr som følge av utbruddet av koronaviruset, issued on 6 March 2020: https://lovdata.no/dokument/LTI/forskrift/2020-03-06-239
The Norwegian Gazette, Regulation FOR-2020-03-06-239 with amendments: https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2020-03-06-239
The Norwegian Gazette, Regulation FOR-2020-12-18-2871 https://lovdata.no/dokument/LTI/forskrift/2020-12-18-2871
The Norwegian Medicines Agency, Liste over produkter med parallelleksportforbud (excel-fil, oppdatert 24.03.2021): https://legemiddelverket.no/Documents/Legemiddelmangel/Covid-19/20210324%20-%20Parallelleksportforbudlisten.xlsx

Inception date: 24 Mar 2021 | Removal date: 31 May 2021

Export licensing requirement

On 24 March 2021, the Norwegian Medicines Agency introduced an export notification on all types of immunoglobulins. The notification requirement was introduced as the product was considered a medicine in connection with COVID-19. Notably, all remaining immunoglobulins not already on the export ban list had prior been subject to an export ban from 3 March until this intervention on 24 March, see related state act.

In this context, the exporter must notify the Agency at least three business days (not including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) before the export of the subject good. Hereafter, the Agency will conduct an assessment if the subject good should be listed on the export ban list. The company is not notified directly if the good is cleared for export but if a ban is imposed this will be updated on the Norwegian Medicines Agency's website within three business days after the notification was submitted. The requirement to notify applies to everyone who has a wholesale license and stock in Norway.

Following the issuance on 6 March 2020 of Regulation FOR-2020-03-06-239 and the ensuing issuance on 12 December 2020 of Regulation FOR-2020-12-18-2871, the Agency is empowered to impose export notifications on these grounds. A number of export notifications have already been introduced by the Norwegian Medicines Agency under said regulations.

Regulation FOR-2020-12-18-2871 is in force until and including 31 May 2021. Unless revoked or withdrawn, the export notification is in force until said date. 

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