Import of Goods (Health Bureau)

Prior Authorisation for Import of Special Milk for Infants

How to Apply

Time of application: Before applying for the import licence for special milk for infants (i.e. infant formula milk powder), the applicant must first obtain the relevant prior authorisation for import from the Health Bureau.

Eligibility: Businesses holding the “Registration for Controlled Foreign Trade Operations” issued by the Macao Economic Services.

Application procedures and documents required:

In submitting application to import special milk for infants (i.e. infant formula milk powder), the following document and information are required:

  • Certificate of free sale or health certificate of the relevant product issued by the country of origin or a competent authority, the health certificate must contain the batch number and expiration date of the product under application;
  • Outer package;
  • “Infant formula nutrition table”[pdf] issued by the manufacturer;
  • A relevant “prior authorisation”[pdf][doc] must be completed for each import application.

Location of Application and Service Hours

Location of application: Department of Pharmaceutical Affairs of the Health Bureau

Address: Avenida Sidónio Pais, n.º 51, Edif. “China Plaza”, 1.º andar, Macau (Receipt and Dispatch Unit)

Service hours:

Mondays to Thursdays: 09:00-13:00; 14:30-17:45

Fridays: 09:00-13:00; 14:30-17:30

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays


Free of charge

Application Processing Time

The prior authorisation will be issued in 3 working days upon receipt of all required documents. (Performance Pledge)

Relevant Specifications or Requirements

Law no. 7/2003 – Foreign Trade Law

Chief Executive Dispatch no. 487/2016 – List of Goods Authorised for Importation

Administrative Regulation no. 28/2016 – Nutrient Requirements for Infant Formulas

Application Status Enquiry and Result Collection

Method of result collection: In person

Content provider: Health Bureau (SS)

Last modified: 2018-03-21 12:48

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