Customs received a report earlier that a health center on Hart Road in Tsim Sha Tsui was falsely called a qualified day medical center.
The customs subsequently checked with the Department of Health and confirmed that the health center did not hold a valid day medical center license, and it had never filed an application for the relevant license.
Customs today (25th) arrested the male director of the health center on suspicion of false trade description application provided by the wart removal treatment, and appealed to consumers to check the license qualifications of private medical institutions before patronizing the treatment.
The center falsely claimed that it had obtained a valid day medical center license
After investigation by the customs, a 43-year-old male director of the health center was arrested today on suspicion of applying false trade descriptions to the wart removal treatment provided by the center, in violation of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.
The case is still under investigation and the arrested man is currently on bail pending further investigation.
The customs reminds merchants to abide by the "Regulations" and consumers should also patronize reputable merchants when purchasing services.
Consumers can check the license qualifications of private medical institutions on the website of the Department of Health.
The "Private Medical Institutions Ordinance" comes into effect at the beginning of the year before the gazetted operation also requires an application
Looking through the information, the "Private Medical Institutions Ordinance" was gazetted as early as November 30, 2018, and came into effect on January 1 this year, and began accepting applications for a day medical center license.
Operators of premises where registered doctors or dentists practice, private medical institutions, day medical centers and clinics, must obtain relevant licenses or exemptions.
According to the "Ordinance", the day medical center "provides medical services to patients and performs minor medical procedures on patients". If they provide "schedule medical procedures" as defined in the "Ordinance", they must apply for a license.
The schedule of medical procedures includes anesthesia procedures, or any cell removal or skin transplantation.
Day medical centers that have been in operation before the gazettal of the regulations can be issued with a provisional license and continue to operate until they are eligible for a formal license during the transition period of the new regulatory system.
According to the "Regulations", any merchant who applies false product descriptions to services provided to consumers or offers to consumers is an offence. Upon conviction, the maximum penalty is a fine of 500,000 yuan and imprisonment for 5 years.
The customs appealed that citizens can call the customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182, or report suspected violations of the "Ordinance" through the crime-reporting email firstname.lastname@example.org.