Food Supplements Registration in China

Food Supplements Registration in China

Food Supplements Registration in China - Overview

Food registration in China falls under the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). The responsibility is shared between the state, provincial, municipal, and county-level authorities. New additives, ingredients, or contact materials require National Health Commission (NHC) approval. Imported foods must comply with General Administration of Customs of China (GAC) rules. Freyr provides comprehensive food Regulatory services covering product classification, formulation/ingredient assessment, label and claims review, technical dossier compilation, and submissions to Health Authorities (HAs) in China.

China Food Product Classification +

In accordance with China's food regulations, food products are categorized into the following two (02) groups:

  • General Food
  • Special Food - This includes health food and food for special dietary use. Food for special dietary use is again categorized into the following three (03) categories:
    1. Infant and follow-up Formula.
    2. Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP).
    3. Food for Special Dietary Use (FSDU).

Food Product Registration and Notification +

  1. Food registration in China encompasses some mandatory registrations. It includes registrations of health foods, infant and follow-up formula, FSMP, and functional food. Notification is required before importing nutritional supplements.
  2. Imported health foods are required to undergo food supplement registration in China, with the application process managed by permanent representative offices or entrusted agencies within the country.
  3. According to China food import regulations, overseas manufacturers whose products comply with the listing requirements of the country or region where they operate are referred to as legal entities or organizations in that location.

Food Product Labeling +

The foundation of China’s food safety regulations is represented by the China Food Safety Law, established in 2015 and subsequently amended. Food labeling standards in China mandate accurate and comprehensive information on food labels, prohibit false claims, and require disclosure of product origin, addressing consumer concerns about safety and quality. As per the China food labeling regulations, all food products entering China must bear labels exclusively in simplified Chinese characters.

Food Registration in China - Important Validities +

The food Registration Certificate is valid for five (05) years. Applicants should submit the renewal applications six (06) months prior to the expiration date to prevent potential expiration before the renewal approval.


Food Supplements Registration in China - Freyr Expertise

  • China Food Product Classification.
  • Health Food Formulation Review/Ingredients Assessment.
  • Health Food Labeling Review.
  • Health Food Claims Review.
  • Category-wise Food Registration Support.
  • Claims Consultation and Substantiation.
  • Gap Analysis.
  • Health Food Dossier Compilation.
  • Health Food Regulatory Intelligence.
  • Go-to-market Regulatory Support.
  • Food Registration in China
  • Translation Support.
  • Food Product Notification in China.
Freyr Advantages


Food Supplements Registration in China - Freyr Advantages


End-to-end Regulatory consultation.


Market-specific Regulatory consulting and advice.


A structured and cost-effective approach ensuring speed to market.


An extensive partnership network across the globe.


Strong relationship with various HAs.