Are SARMs Legal? (Complete Country List)

SARMs fall into a part of the Sports Market that's hard to define and even more so between different countries. Let's find out, Are SARMs Legal In Your Country?
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Disclaimer: I just wrote all the countries that are included in this list, and wow, did I have a long night ahead of me.

SARMs! We all love ’em, few of us understand what they do, and even fewer of us are sure whether or not they are legal… In the USA they are perfectly legal to buy, however, that isn’t the same everywhere else on earth.

The UK is known for having lax laws on Anabolic Steroids and SARMs in general so it would be safe to assume they would have the best SARMs.

But what if you live in snowy Norway?

What if you prefer the sand of Egypt? Still able to get your hands on one or more SARMs?

To buy SARMs legally, you have to pay attention to nomenclature and so much more, they are, after all, Steroid alternatives.

So, for research purposes I’m going to find out; Are SARMs legal in your Country?

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Are SARMs considered Dietary Supplements?

No, not by any means. They are considered the exact opposite. They cannot be sold as dietary supplements because they cannot be used in competitive sports. They are banned in competition, and thus the people who sell SARMs, such as SARMs companies, need to say that these are for research only as they are research chemical(s).

For a compound to be classified as such, it needs more research to show the full negative effects as well as the positive effects. As of this moment, they are not supplements.

Not every single country on the earth is included in this list – shoot me. If you cannot find your country, kindly leave a comment down below and we’ll get back to you ASAP about your “dietary supplement”.

As you can see, it separated into two categories

RegionCountryLegal Status of SARMsReference
North America๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USANot approved for human consumption, research purposes only. MK 677 can be prescribed however.[1]
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CanadaNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ MexicoNot regulated
South America๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท BrazilNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท ArgentinaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ChileNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช PeruNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด ColombiaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ EcuadorNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช VenezuelaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด BoliviaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ ParaguayNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ UruguayNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ GuyanaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท SurinameNot regulated
Europe๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท FranceNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช GermanyNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UKNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ SpainNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ItalyNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ PolandNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SwedenNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด NorwayNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ DenmarkNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท GreeceNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด RomaniaNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น PortugalNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RussiaNot regulated
Asia๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ChinaNot approved for human consumption, research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต JapanNot approved for human consumption, available for research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ IndiaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South KoreaNot approved for human consumption, available for research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ IndonesiaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ PhilippinesNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ ThailandNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ MalaysiaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ PakistanNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ VietnamNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท TurkeyNot approved for human consumption, available for research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท IranNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ IraqNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi ArabiaNot regulated
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab EmiratesNot regulated
Asia๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IsraelNot approved for human consumption, available for research purposes only
Oceania๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ AustraliaNot approved for human consumption, available for research purposes only
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New ZealandNot approved for human consumption, available for research purposes only

What are Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators SARMs?

SARMs are simply described as Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators and will do something very similar to Anabolic Steroids. Steroids have been used in the medical field since the early 1900s, and while they are perfect for medical conditions such as muscle wastage, they have a ton of adverse effects.

SARMs were developed as a way to treat patients without causing these side effects, but they are still being tested. The thing is, you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to have them. They still need to undergo human trials but they have been used by fitness enthusiasts, professional athletes, and various other people.

These SARMs seem to have great effects such as increased muscle mass, better bone density, and even fat burning as well. Clinical trials still need to be done to show their safety, but SARMs are legal to buy under the term “research chemicals” and “for research purposes”. At least in the USA.

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Are SARMs banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)?

Yes, SARMs are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Researched SARMs show that they will bind to the androgen receptors and cause a massive increase in muscle-building capabilities. For instance, LGD 4033 made by Ligand Pharmaceuticals has been shown to increase lean body mass with very minor potential health risks.

This increased physical function gives you an obvious unfair advantage over your competition. This is why we mostly see professional bodybuilders using SARMs, as well as other fitness enthusiasts.

For the majority of the countries on earth, SARMs are legal, as long as you purchase them under the right nomenclature. Banning SARMs has been spoken about sometimes, however, I do not see that happening anytime soon.

These compounds are great for muscle growth and fat loss, and it won’t be a long time before more clinical trials are complete.

Until then, you might want to just do a bit of digging on your side regarding the legality status around something before ordering something. ,

Do SARMs work?

Absolutely. A few studies are showing their effectiveness, especially the more common SARMs such as MK 677, Ligandrol, Ostarine, etc. Research does show they seem to be better for muscle growth than fat loss.

SARMs vs Steroids

The two are vastly different from one another. They do act in the same position (androgen receptors) but they have different effects on lean muscle mass, and they have vastly different side effects.
Steroids are a lot stronger and will cause way more side effects compared to their SARM counterparts. While both build muscle, an Anabolic Steroid, and a Selective androgen receptor modulator do not fall into the same category.

SARMs Side Effects

Depending on the SARM you use, you might experience some abdominal distress, nausea, and the stronger SARMs might cause blood lipid and liver issues as well. Select SARMs will also have a downregulating effect on the HPG Axis.

Are SARMs legal in the Military?

No, SARMs are not legal in the Military.

Where are SARMs illegal?

There are a few countries where SARMs are completely illegal such as Australia, however, most countries do not have similar laws.

Is MK-677 banned by WADA?

Yes, MK 677 is banned by WADA.

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1) https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/fda-warns-use-selective-androgen-receptor-modulators-sarms-among-teens-young-adults#:~:text=SARMs%2C%20which%20are%20chemical%20substances,is%20SARMs%20are%20potentially%20dangerous.

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Kkzz
Kkzz
11 months ago

Hi, I’m afraid almost all sarms are illegal in Sweden. Swedish law uses defining features to ban steroids and sarms. Which makes almost all sarms illegal. Their is also a list to define some of the illegal substances, were mk-677 and others are listed

Disappointed_hungarian
Disappointed_hungarian
7 months ago

The largest UK distributor informed me that Hungarian customs have started to seize parcels and take legal action against importation. Can you find out please if they have actually become illegal in Hungary? Thank you

Last edited 7 months ago by Disappointed_hungarian
Robert
Robert
5 months ago

Can I take sarms to the Philippines?

Norbert
Norbert
4 months ago

Are Sarms legal in Hungary?

Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson
2 months ago

Can I take SARMS (RAD140) to Morocco or Taiwan or France? Thanks

Netherlands
Netherlands
6 days ago

It is possible to buy SARMs in the Netherlands for research purposes. Several websites sell SARMs.

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