Food and Food Supplements Regulatory Services in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)

Food and Food Supplements
Regulatory Services in the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)


Food laws are established within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) and are adopted by the participating memeber-countries. All GCC member states, which include Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and the 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 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 the Codex Alimentarius regulations of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000, and to some extent, on the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (US 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 ensuring that they conform to the Codex Alimentarius guidelines and/or ISO standards. All imported food is subjected to health control at their point of entry to ensure that all food complies with the GCC technical food safety regulations, e.g., Gulf technical regulations for the labeling of pre-packaged foodstuffs, expiry dates of food products, requirements for nutrition labeling, and many more.

Freyr experts assist GCC market entrants with end-to-end Regulatory support.


Freyr Expertise

  • Product Classification
  • Formula Review/Ingredients Assessment
  • Label and Claims Review
  • Compilation, Gap analysis, and Submission of Dossier to the Health Authority (HA)
  • Legal Representation (LR)
  • Food Regulatory Strategy
  • Local Labeling Support
Freyr Advantages


Freyr Advantages


End-to-end Regulatory consultation


Product registration support in all GCC countries


A qualified team of experts with hands-on experience across all categories of foods like health supplements, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, Health Functional Foods (HFFs), health functional beverages, Foods for Special Dietary Use (FSDU), etc.


Support in region-specific Regulatory activities


An extensive partnership network across the globe


A strong relationship with different HAs