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Medical Drug Claims

What is a medical drug claim?

Which medical drug claims are prohibited?

Can I make other medical drug claims that are not listed as prohibited?

Can I make medical drug claims if I add a disclaimer?

Can I have testimonials from previous buyers?

What if my item makes a prohibited claim about healing or curing, but I believe the claim to be true?

Can I make false claims?

Additional resources

What is a medical drug claim?

A medical drug claim is a statement or suggestion that an item prevents, heals, or treats a medical condition or disease. In many countries, medical drug claims are subject to regulation.

Etsy is a marketplace where sellers choose the best way to describe the items they are selling. While we do prohibit certain types of claims as described below, there may be sellers on Etsy who make claims that we do not explicitly prohibit but may be subject to regulation. For example, Etsy does not specifically prohibit dietary supplements, but some supplements and claims around their usage may be subject to regulation.

It is the seller’s responsibility to know and follow any law or regulation that is applicable to them. If you're making medical drug claims about the items you're selling, we strongly urge you to speak to a qualified expert to ensure that you are complying with any laws or regulations that apply to you.

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Which medical drug claims are prohibited?

Regardless of accuracy or legality, some types of claims are prohibited on Etsy. Here is a non-exhaustive list with examples of claims we do not allow:

  • Claims that an item is a prevention, remedy, or cure for a terminal or serious medical condition, such as cancer or heart disease
  • Claims that the use of an item may result in weight loss or otherwise significantly alter or transform one’s body
  • Claims that an item will improve or enhance sexual performance; cure sexual dysfunction; or augment, enlarge, or enhance primary or secondary sexual characteristics

If a seller makes or implies prohibited claims in their shop or in the presentation of an item—including in the title, description, tags, or images in the listing—Etsy may remove the item.

Note that Etsy prohibits all medical drugs and numerous herbal substances due to legality or potential harmfulness.

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Can I make other medical drug claims that are not listed as prohibited?

Etsy is not able to advise whether regulations apply to you. However, we will enforce our own policies against the types of claims described above. The types of claims prohibited are subject to change at any time. If you are unsure whether a claim you wish to make may be in violation of our policy, please reach out to our Marketplace Integrity team at integrity@etsy.com

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Can I make medical drug claims if I add a disclaimer?

Medical drug claims prohibited by Etsy always violate our policies, regardless of any disclaimers. For other claims, it’s up to you as the seller to determine whether a disclaimer works for your shop and complies with any laws or regulations applicable to the items you are selling. Etsy is unable to advise on this matter. We urge you to speak with a qualified expert.

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Can I have testimonials from previous buyers?

Etsy does not prohibit testimonials, but they must not make prohibited claims and must comply with any applicable laws pertaining to endorsements or medical drug claims.

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What if my item makes a prohibited claim about healing or curing, but I believe the claim to be true?

Some claims are prohibited on Etsy, regardless of whether or not you believe or can prove their truthfulness. For example, it is not allowed to claim that your product cures a terminal disease such as cancer or that it will cause weight loss.

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Can I make false claims?

As with any item on Etsy, you may not knowingly make false claims about it or otherwise describe it inaccurately.

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Additional resources

Etsy provides some potentially helpful resources for informational purposes only. We cannot provide legal guidance.

United States

Food and Drug Administration

Federal Trade Commission

Canada

European Union

Germany

France

United Kingdom

Australia

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Last updated on Nov 14, 2018