The law on importation of steroids into the UK for personal use
I emailed the Home Office about this some time ago, and below is what they sent me :--
Home Office circular 009/2012
Restrictions on the importation and exportation of Schedule 4 Part II drugs and removal of the term ‘medicinal product’ from the 2001 Regulations
At present the prohibition on importation and exportation of controlled drugs under section 3(1) of the 1971 Act and sections 50(1) to (4), 68(2) and (3) or 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 are disapplied in relation to drugs listed in Part II of Schedule 4 to the 2001 Regulations in respect of the importation and exportation of these drugs ‘by any person for administration to himself’ and ‘when contained in a medicinal product’.
This SI amends the current provisions under Regulation 4(2) for drugs listed in Part II of Schedule 4 to the 2001 Regulations - anabolic steroids and human growth hormones - by making it clear that importation or exportation of these drugs must be carried out in person by the user. The importation and exportation of these drugs can no longer be conducted through postal, freight or courier services into or out of the UK.
Any such consignments detected by UK Border Force will be seized and destroyed, and the circumstances of each case investigated fully with the possibility of additional enforcement action being taken against the parties concerned.
The SI also removes the term ‘medicinal product’ from the 2001 Regulations. The effect is that anabolic steroids and human growth hormones regardless of their origin are treated the same under the legislation.