Food laws are established within the GCC Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) and adopted by participating member countries. All GCC member states Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia (KSA) and United Arab Emirates (UAE), have the authority to develop and institute national food legislation in addition to those formed within the GSO. In August 2016, GSO has announced the issuance of a list of new technical food safety regulations concerning food products, packaging materials, and animal feed. GSO standards are typically based on CODEX Alimentarius regulations International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and to some extent on the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, but are modified to reflect local religious, cultural and climatic conditions.
The GSO often adopts existing member countries’ standards after updating them and making sure that they conform to Codex Alimentarius guidelines and/or International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. All imported food is subjected to health control at the point of entry to ensure that food complies with the GCC technical requirements of food safety regulations for e.g., Gulf technical regulations for labeling of pre-packaged food stuffs, expiration dates for food products, Requirements for nutrition labeling and many more.
Freyr assists GCC market entrants with end-to-end Regulatory support.
- Product Classification
- Formula Review/Ingredients Assessment
- Label and Claims review
- Compilation, Gap analysis and Submission of Dossier to Health Authority
- Legal Representation
- Regulatory Strategy
- Local labeling Support
End-to-end Regulatory consultation
Product registration Support in all GCC countries
Qualified team of experts with hands-on experience across all categories of foods like health supplements, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, health functional foods, health functional beverages, foods for special dietary use, etc.
Support for region-specific Regulatory activities
Extensive partner network across the globe
Strong relationship with different Health Authorities