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Medical devices and equipment policy

Medical devices that require a prescription can't be sold on eBay. Medical equipment that could be abused for unlawful means is also not permitted. Listings for items that are permitted must follow our policy.

It's important to check whether items can be sold on eBay before they are listed.

What is the policy?

Any medical device that requires a prescription can't be sold on eBay, including:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines (CPAP), along with masks, humidifiers, heated water chambers, and heated tubing
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) units, and any accessories that require a prescription
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators (TENS), and any accessories that require a prescription
  • Oxygen concentrators, compressors, or conservers, and any accessories that require a prescription
  • Flow generators
  • Bone growth stimulators and invasive bone drilling and expansion tools, including osseodensification bur kits
  • Nebulizers and their accessories
  • Pulse oximeters that require a prescription
  • Implantable devices, such as pacemakers, heart valves, vascular grafts, ventricular bypass devices, and implantable infusion pumps
  • Hearing aids that require a prescription 
  • Contact lenses (including "zero powered" or cosmetic lenses)
  • Glucose monitors that require a prescription

The following medical equipment and related products, which can be abused for unlawful purposes, are not permitted:

  • Items or device parts that could be used to facilitate the manufacture of illegal drugs or pharmaceutical products
  • Needles, with or without a disposable syringe

There are restrictions on the sale of the following items:

  • Listings must state in the item description if the device has been opened or used:
    • Used items must be properly cleaned
    • Used items must not be altered in any way that changes the performance or safety specifications of the device
  • The item description should clearly state the product expiration date
    • Items must reach the buyer before the expiration date
  • Some medical devices can only be sold with government authorization. Listings for these items must follow the rules below:
    • Items must be listed in the Business & Industrial > Healthcare, Lab & Dental category
    • The following information must be included in the item description:
      • The seller's name, city, state, and telephone number
      • The seller's business name, if applicable
      • A statement that the item has been cleaned and handled in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions
      • A copy of the following statement:
        "The sale of this item may be subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state and local regulatory agencies. If so, do not bid on this item unless you are an authorized purchaser. If the item is subject to FDA regulation, I will verify your status as an authorized purchaser of this item before shipping of the item."
  • Covid tests are not allowed, even if they are over-the-counter

The following items can be sold:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices
  • Vintage or collectible medical devices, but listings must state that these are not intended for use
  • New disposable syringes can be listed, but needles cannot be included

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps to protect the safety of our members while ensuring that important government regulations are followed.


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