When you sell coronavirus (COVID-19) products through Shopify, you need to comply with Shopify's Rules of Engagement for the Sale of COVID-19 Related Products and the laws and regulations that apply to the sale of COVID-19 products. These laws and regulations promote public safety and depend on the region where your store is located and the region where you sell. Use the information on this page to learn about laws and regulations that might apply to your business.
You can grow your business and reach new customers by selling products related to COVID-19. To ensure uninterrupted use of your Shopify store, ensure you're following Shopify's Rules of Engagement for the Sale of COVID-19 Related Products, and any applicable laws and regulations in any jurisdiction where you conduct business.
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Vaccines and vaccination services
The sale of COVID-19 vaccines are only permitted on Shopify where facilitated by or associated with a government entity. If you're a government entity using Shopify to facilitate vaccine distribution, then you might be asked to confirm your use of the platform and to verify your status as a government entity.
COVID-19 vaccination appointment booking services might be permitted on the platform, subject to review. You'll be asked to attest that the service is being provided in compliance with applicable laws and regulations in all relevant jurisdictions.
The sale of COVID-19 vaccination cards are strictly prohibited on the platform because these products carry a high risk of fraud and are used to circumvent public health regulations.
Test kits and testing services
The sale of COVID-19 test kits and the facilitation of COVID-19 testing services are permitted on the platform, subject to review. As part of Shopify's review process, you'll be asked to provide relevant documentation demonstrating that the test kits or testing services are authorized by the respective health regulator in your jurisdiction. You might also be asked to provide other documentation, authorization or license deemed necessary by Shopify.
Protected health information
You must ensure that you're compliant with section 8 of Shopify's Acceptable Use Policy, which states that you can't use Shopify to collect, store, or process any protected health information.
You can't sell COVID-19 products that are intended to actively or deceptively circumvent COVID-19 public health rules and regulations.
The prices associated with any COVID-19 related products or services can't exceed market value.
Medical and quality claims
Claims that you make about your product must be true and supported by documented evidence. In some jurisdictions, the law might also require an adequate and proper test of claims made.
If you make any unfounded medical claims, or if you misuse terms related to products that prevent, treat or cure COVID-19, then your product will be removed from your online store.
If you make a claim that a product provides medical grade or specific levels of protection against COVID-19, then you must be able to support your claim. If your product is non-medical grade, then it needs to be marketed as such.
The sale of recalled products, such as but not limited to personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, or other medical equipment, is strictly prohibited.
The use of Shopify Payments as a payment provider depends on what COVID-19 products you're offering for sale.
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in different regions.
Resources about selling COVID-19 products in the United States
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in the United States, such as the following resources:
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Coronavirus Advice for Consumers
- FTC Business Guidance During Coronavirus
- U.S. Food and Drug Administrations COVID-19 Use Authorizations for Medical Devices
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency List of Disinfectants for COVID-19
Resources about selling COVID-19 products in Canada
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in Canada, such as the following resources:
- COVID-19: What the Competition Bureau is doing
- Government of Canada Authorized medical devices for uses related to COVID-19: List of authorized testing devices
- Government of Canada Recall of certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks
Resources about selling COVID-19 products in the European Union
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in the European Union, such as the following resource:
Resources about selling COVID-19 products in the United Kingdom
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in the United Kingdom, such as the following resources:
- Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) COVID-19 response
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency How tests and testing kits for COVID-19 work
Resources about selling COVID-19 products in Australia
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in Australia, such as the following resource:
Resources about selling COVID-19 products in New Zealand
You can find specific information online about selling COVID-19 products in New Zealand, such as the following resource: