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Online condom sales start by weekend with gov't OK

TAIPEI -- Taipei-based shopping websites will be able to sell condoms, tampons and body fat monitors online for the first time by the end of the week following revisions to national regulations, a city official said yesterday.

"It will probably take a week of paper work (from the date of application) to go through the necessary verifications" for each business, according to Chiu Hsiu-yi, division chief of the municipal food and drug administration.

"Consumers will be able to purchase those medical devices online by the end of the week at the earliest," she told CNA.

Online outlets sent in their applications to sell the regulated items after the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced changes to the Classification and Registration Requirements of Mail-order Purchase for Medical Devices on Jan. 2.

The new regulations allow pharmacists to sell the items, classified as class II medical devices, online and via mail order.

Online shopping sites told CNA that they are waiting for the green light after sending in their applications to the Taipei City Government immediately following the announcement.

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