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Dietary or food supplements are often subject to legal regulations. These regulations differ widely from place to place, but may include labelling requirements, testing requirements, restrictions on specific ingredients and guidelines about what types of medical drug claims can be made.

A medical drug claim is any element of a listing or shop that suggests an item prevents, heals, or treats a medical condition or disease. Medical drug claims may be subject to varying degrees of regulation. If you make claims about the purported health benefits of an item for sale on Etsy, we urge you to speak with a qualified expert about which regulations apply to you. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all laws and regulations that apply to the items you sell.

Etsy prohibits certain medical drug claims based on our values, such as claims likely to deceive or pose an unreasonable risk to our community. Etsy may also remove claims that we deem to be inappropriate, excessive, or otherwise unsuitable for our marketplace. If Etsy receives proper notice from a legal authority, we may remove an item. For more information on prohibited medical drug claims, take a look at this Help article.

Though not exhaustive, the following resources may be helpful if you plan to sell items that might be classified as supplements. Etsy is not able to say with certainty that all third-party resources are up to date or accurate.


An overview of the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia


Questions from Consumers - Regulation of Natural Health Products


EU Commission - Food Supplements
European Food Safety Authority - Food Supplements

United Kingdom

GOV.UK - Food supplements: guidance and FAQs

United States

FDA - Dietary Supplements
FTC - Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for Industry

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