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
  • Business registration certificate 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

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    Besides being understanding, patient and kind; Cekindo was extremely efficient and practical as well and guided me every step along the way. I would highly, highly recommend anyone who is either in urgent or not-so-urgent need of obtaining a visa for Vietnam to work with Cekindo. It has been a privilege doing business with them and I know who will be my agents in the future!

    Gauthier D'haenens
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    Cekindo helped us to cover important quarterly reporting when our Chief Accountant suddenly resigned. They did all the necessary paperwork. Fast and reliable.

    Jozef M.
    CEO of Finchef Co., Ltd.
  • Herewith we want to express our appreciation to PT. Cekindo Bisnis Grup and their team for all the support on medical devices services so far. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Cekindo for taking the time to listen to our needs. Whenever a need has arisen, we have always received their consistent, timely and quality support. We would not hesitate to recommend Cekindo team for any related activity or services.

    My Linh Hoangova
    Executive, ELC Group
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    After comparing several consultants, I found Cekindo is a international and professional organization with good understanding of local market. Cekindo helped our company to set up our first Indonesian entity, and also helps with day-to-day operation.  Cekindo showed high level of professionalism. Jump start the business in Indonesia, take care of routine process, therefore we can focus more on our core business.

    Max Yang
    President, Indonesian Region, China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd.
  • Cekindo handled business visa for our new colleague promptly and made the start of our company in Vietnam easier and faster. I particularly enjoyed communication with the consultant, who advised the best solution for us and was all the time available to answer any questions. She made sure that all the documents were collected and prepared on time and we got great support during the whole process. Thank you Cekindo and I hope to cooperate again in the near future!

    Ivana Bartonkova
    Marketing and HR director of Port Cities Vietnam

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