EC Status and Availability


Registered LNG-EC products:

Registered UPA-EC products:

  • ellaOne* - Available only with prescription

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Pharmacies, IPPF-affiliated system, Social marketing programs (eg PSI, DKT, MSI and PSIA)

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No

Legal history, developments, and/or challenges: A Constitutional Court case ruled against EC in May 2006. This case is still being used to restrict registration of one brand of EC.

As of April 2013, the National FP regulations state that EC must be provided free of charge in all public health premises and to all women without age restriction. In public health clinics, women can access EC without a prescription.

In the private sector, a prescription is required for EC, however pharmacists may be willing to provide EC without one.

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: National FP Norms, Essential Medicines List, Post-rape care guidelines

Pricing information: The price of EC is approximately $7.40, as of 2013.

Other relevant information: EC distributed via IPPF outlets (500 - 1,000 in 2012).

Our country-by-country information comes from numerous sources, including partners from around the world. We have made every effort to ensure that the information included here is correct, but EC availability and policies can change quickly. We welcome your additions and/or corrections

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