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China Consults on Series of Health Food Related Documents, Involving Function Catalogue, Function Evaluation and Human Consumption Trial

Three functions, promoting lactation, improving growth and improving skin lipid are removed from current available function claims. In terms of health food function evaluation, more information of the tested sample should be provided, such as specification and processing technique. The test methods (animal testing) of evaluating specific functions are also updated. The newly-released “Ethical Review Guideline for Health Food Human Consumption Trial (draft)” provides the reference of conducting human consumption trial. As the regulation framework inches closer to completion, we can expect that the process of health food registration will be go forth more smoothly after implementation of the guideline.

On November 24, 2020, China State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) released a series of draft regulations related to health food functions for public comments, including:

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