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

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


Food laws are established within the GCC Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) and are 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 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, e.g., Gulf technical regulations for the labeling of pre-packaged food products and food supplements, expiration dates for food products, requirements for nutrition labeling, and many more.

Freyr assists GCC market entrants with end-to-end Regulatory support.


Freyr Expertise

  • Food Product Classification
  • Formula Review/Ingredients Assessment
  • Food Label and Claims Review
  • Dossier Compilation, Gap Analysis, and Submission to Health Authority
  • Legal Representation
  • Regulatory Strategy
  • Local labeling Support
Freyr Advantages


Freyr Advantages


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