Health Supplement Product Registration in Vietnam

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Why Invest in Health Supplement Industry in Vietnam

The total number of elderly consumers in Vietnam is now 5.6 million, presenting a tremendous opportunity for the health supplement industry in Vietnam. The young generation in Vietnam is more health-conscious which together with the growing middle-income population results in strong purchasing power and affordable health supplements.

Other than the western health supplement products, Vietnamese consumers also prefer traditional and herbal medicine. Therefore, the development of traditional Chinese health supplement in Vietnam is considered to be one of the most prosperous.

How to Register Health Supplements in Vietnam

To register health supplements in Vietnam, investors must comply with several regulations and quite strict food safety and hygiene standards.


Required Labeling

Vietnamese law defines health supplements, also known as food supplements or dietary supplements, as products used as a supplement to the daily diet to improve user’s health and immunity. These products may contain one or more substances as follows:

  • Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, probiotics and other biologically active substances;
  • Substances derived from animals, minerals, plants in the form of extracts, isolates, concentrates or metabolites;
  • Combined sources of the substances mentioned above.

To raise awareness about the medical effects of functional food and other supplements, it is required to label this kind of product with a statement “This product is neither medicine nor effective to replace medicine” on the top of showing the specific phrase for product’s sub-group.


Registration Process

Producers and distributors entering the Vietnamese market must submit product self-declaration or product declaration registration to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The application dossier should include several documents such as:

  • Certificate of Free Sale or Health Certificate
  • Licenses of a Vietnamese importer consisting of:
    • Investment registration certificate (IRC)
    • Enterprise registration certificate (ERC)
  • Product samples
  • Product label

Also, applicable from July 2019, Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP) will be required.


Health Supplements Registration with Cekindo

Cekindo is ready to assist you by advising you on the rules and regulations set out by the Vietnamese government, the type of entity you should consider, finding a reliable business partner or distributor and finally to register your health supplement products in Vietnam.

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Selected Testimonials


Cekindo has been a great help in the incorporation of our company in Vietnam by providing useful information and clear explanation on complicated regulatory procedures. The team went the extra mile by helping us to clarify on other matters pertaining to Vietnam, and proactively helped us to liaise with the respective internal functions on our queries and responded promptly.

Louis Koh Kay Boon
CEO, Ryker Company Limited

It was our pleasure to deal with Cekindo. Indeed, the company with its specialised team was at the highest level of professionalism in dealing with customers and was serious in providing assistance and advice. Many thanks to Cekindo and all the team members. I wish you lasting success in the years to come.

CEO, Vietnam Family Import Export Company Limited
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Cekindo has assisted our company with company registration and nominee director services. Everything has gone smoothly and we wish to have further support in the future. Thank you Cekindo.

Founder, Shewutrade Group
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Cekindo Vietnam’s team has always been very responsive and helped us with sense of urgency. We have never been disappointed with Cekindo’s services.

Founder, Adgorithmics

I have successfully received the TRC permit for me and my family, thanks to Cekindo team’s dedication and perseverance. We had some bumps along the way but we got it done, good job. I worked with different consulting companies in the past, outside of Vietnam, Cekindo is one of the most responsive and agile.

Nadav Sarel
Founder & CEO, Telestar Limited Liability Company

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Frequently Asked Questions

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