For foreign investors, Vietnam boasts a burgeoning healthcare and medical equipment market. Vietnam’s healthcare spending in 2019 was estimated to be over $17 billion, accounting for 6.6 percent of the country’s GDP, according to FitchSolutions. Healthcare expenditure will climb to $23 billion in 2022, according to the intelligence solutions company, with an expected annual growth rate of roughly 10.7% from 2019 to 2024.

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.

LABELING OF VIETNAM HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS

The labeling of health supplements is basically the same as the labeling of other food types. In general, a label should be put on the package of the health supplement and contain the following mandatory information:

  • Name of product
  • Composition
  • Quantity of product
  • Manufacturing date
  • Usage and preservation instructions
  • Shelf life
  • Country of origin
  • Name and address of manufacture/responsible party
  • Nutritional information
  • Recommendation and warnings

For supplements, it is required to put the title “supplemental foods” on the label.

VIETNAM HEALTH SUPPLEMENT 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.

CLAIMS OF VIETNAM HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS

In addition to labeling, claims are also part of the requirements for health supplement product registration in Vietnam.

There are two types of claims for health supplements, namely nutrient content claims and health claims, with details as follows:

NUTRIENT CONTENT CLAIMS

Not every health supplement can have nutrient content claims. Only products that provide 10% or more of the Vietnamese RNI, either per 100g or per portion , can have the claims.

Another factor is the main active ingredients. To be eligible for claims, a product must contain not less than 15% of the concerned nutrient reference intake.

HEALTH CLAIMS

Only health supplements whose added substances contain 10% or more of the RNI can have the health claims. Scientific evidence is required to make such claims.

Classification of Health Supplements

Health supplements, which is also known as dietary supplements or food supplements, are products that are used to improve the health and boost imunity of their users. These health supplements are taken as an addition to supplement the daily diet.

Health supplements may come in various forms such as pills, tablets, capsules, powder, liquids and granules. In line with its purpose, a health supplement contain the following substances (can be a single substance or a mixture of many):

  1. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, probiotics and other biologically active substances.
  2. Substances derived from animals, minerals, plants in the form of extracts, isolates, concentrates or metabolites.

Composition of Health Supplements

A health supplement can be composed of various elements. The common composition of a health supplement is nutrients, plants and additives.
Take into account that there are the ASEAN Negative Plant List and a circular guidance on the management of food additives, among others, to be consulted. For detailed guidance, it is best to consult with a health supplement product registration specialist in Vietnam.

Health Supplements Registration with Cekindo

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are health supplements the same as medicines in Vietnam?

No. That is why each health supplement is required to put a statement that says "This product is neither medicine nor effective to replace medicine” to differentiate it from medicine.

Who is the competent authority for health supplements registration in Vietnam?

Other than product registration in Vietnam, is there any other registration that I should know?

Regarding the safety and hygiene requirement, what must be safe and hygienic?

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