When you start using terms such as testosterone, TRT and testosterone replacement therapy the words anabolic steroids immediately springs to mind. Many people view TRT and testosterone as being associated with bodybuilding and an underground movement of counterfeit anabolic steroids purchased from shady gyms. Then there are the news stories of big drug busts involving illegal steroids and so it begs the. question is TRT legal in the UK?
The category of steroid used in TRT or testosterone replacement therapy in the UK belongs to class C schedule 4 part 2. Drugs included in class C such as benzodiazepines (diazepam) can result in up to 2 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both for possession. However the exception are the anabolic steroids – it’s not an offence to possess them for personal use. However, for intent to supply and production the consequences could include a prison sentence of up to 14 years, an unlimited fine or both.
With regards to possession, it is not an offence so long as it is for personal use. So if you get stopped at the airport after returning from abroad with a suitcase full of steroids ( a common method to get anabolic steroids) unless you are built like. a tank you may have a hard time justifying that they are for personal use. So how can UK TRT clinics supply TRT which are class C drugs without being arrested for intent to supply?
The answer is that doctors and other prescribers such as independent prescribers can write prescriptions for class C drugs such as TRT. This is based on the diagnosis made by the prescriber using a combination of the low testosterone symptom checker known as the ADAM questionnaire and TRT blood tests to determine a condition known as hypogonadism or low testosterone. The TRT prescription can also be issued by the prescriber to optimise your low hormones levels which may be at the low end of normal.
So prescribers have the legal authority to write a prescription whether that is an NHS or private prescription for class C drugs such as anabolic steroids. This which means that it is legal for you to obtain the supply when it is dispensed from the UK registered pharmacy.
By choosing to begin your journey on TRT the legal way you will be able to justify your use of the testosterone such as Sustanon to the authorities when for example you are travelling abroad. In such instances, our TRT prescribers will issue a letter explaining why you have quantities of steroids in your possession.
Also by choosing to use registered UK TRT Clinics you avoid the potentially dangerous use of counterfeit medicines which could have been made in someone’s bathtub. The supply from a registered pharmacy ensures that the TRT you receive is genuine and has been manufactured according to strict quality control guidelines. In fact, the new legislation of FMD or False Medicines Directive was introduced to safeguard the pharmaceutical supply chain.