I'm a trans person, and I want to bring testosterone gel I bought abroad (legally but without a prescription) into Germany.

Customs says the following:

substances that are particularly harmful and frequently used for doping and are listed in the Annex to Section 6a of the Medicinal Products Act (for example: testosteron, nandrolon, clenbuterol), of which the possession for the purpose of doping in sports in "not small quantities" is already prohibited. What quantity of these substances shall be seen as "not small" follows from the Doping Substances (Quantities) Regulation (Dopingmittel-Mengen-Verordnung).

Dopingmittel-Mengen-Verordnung states that transdermal testosterone under 1500mg is considered small quantities, and I have under 1500mg.

Would I be allowed to bring this into Germany without issues?

  • Do you have any reason to doubt the sources you have provided?
    – mdewey
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 12:49
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    @mdewey the wording is unclear on the page. Different people I've asked to parse it parsed it as different things.
    – user139075
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 14:16
  • The column in the Dopingmittel-Mengen-Verordnung is headed nicht geringe Menge which suggests to me that it means not small. I think you need to email the German Health Ministry to get a definitive answer.
    – mdewey
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 14:29
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    @mdewey do you have recommendations who to contact exactly?
    – user139075
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 15:10
  • No, sorry. One other thought though (I am not medically qualified) what is the half-life of testosterone in the body? If you stopped for the duration of your trip to Germany would that have deleterious effects? Perhaps your physician can advise.
    – mdewey
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 15:28

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I spoke to someone from the German customs centre. You are permitted to bring up to 3 months worth of testosterone-containing medication (in my case I was asking about gels) into the country, provided you can prove you are using it for a legitimate medical purpose (e.g. with a prescription or doctors note) and not doping for sports etc.

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