Changes to the notification procedure for food supplements


<div>Directive 2002/46EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to food supplements has been implemented in Finland through the Decree of the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Food Supplements (571/2003). This Decree has now been amended, and the amendment affects the notification procedure required in marketing food supplements.</div>

On June 1, 2007, the Ministry of Trade and Industry issued Decree 672/2007, which amends section 7, Marketing of food supplements, of the Decree on Food Supplements 571/2003. It is thus no longer necessary to submit a notification one month before undertaking the activity in question; instead, the operator marketing a food supplement shall submit the notification at the same time as the product is brought onto the market. Also, the notification no longer needs to include an analysis certificate, a model of the label is adequate. This amendment came into force on August 1, 2007.

The Decree (571/2003) was amended because the European Commission, acting on a complaint received, issued an official reprimand to Finland concerning the application of Directive 2002/46/EC and the interpretation of articles 28 and 30 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, concerning the free movement of goods. The Commission considered that the food supplement notification procedure used in Finland conflicted with food supplement directive and of the Treaty, because it required notification to be submitted before bringing a product onto the market and because the notification had to include an analysis certificate in addition to a model of the label.

Now that an analysis certificate is no longer required, the Food Safety Authority can accept food supplement notifications from your company which are not accompanied by the analysis certificate required under the Decree before amendment.

However, the Food Safety Authority would like to remind you that according to section 5 of the Decree on Food Supplements 571/2003 and articles 8-9 of Directive 2002/46/EC the amounts of substances that characterize the product indicated on the label of a food supplement must be given as average values based on an analysis of the product conducted by the manufacturer. Label markings and the basis for them are monitored by municipal food supervision authorities after the product has been brought onto the market.

Amendment of Decree on Food Supplements 672/2007 (In Finnish)

Information on food supplements notification procedure

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