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FAQs about South Korean Foreign Food Facility Registration

On July 29, 2021, MFDS issued the Guideline of Foreign Food Facility Registration1, in which the frequently asked questions about foreign food facility are listed. ChemLinked compiled them into English for enterprises' reference.

Background

 

"Foreign food facility" is referred to as "a facility located abroad where the imported food is produced, manufactured, processed, treated, packaged, or stored, etc." Registering a foreign food facility is the first and a significant step to sell foods to South Korea.

 

ChemLinked has released an article2 outlining how to register a foreign food facility.


1. What dossiers shall be submitted for foreign food facility registration?

(1) Mandatory dossier:

Documents attesting authorization/registration/declaration of the foreign food facility according to the exporting country law.

(2)Voluntary dossier:

Documents concerning the foreign food facility's safety control system, such like HACCP, ISO22000, etc.

(3)Other dossier:

Documents of importer’s information for further confirmation when required.

2. Who can apply for the foreign food facility registration?

The importer intending to sell foreign foods in South Korea or the owner/operator of the foreign food facility can apply for the foreign food facility registration.

3. Suppose Enterprise A's food product is actually manufactured by Enterprise B, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Which enterprise shall register the foreign food facility?

The facility where the imported food is produced, manufactured, processed, treated, packaged, stored, etc., is subject to the "foreign food facility registration". Therefore, enterprise B needs to file the foreign food facility registration.

4. How to register a foreign food facility for agricultural foods?

As no manufacturing process is involved for agricultural foods, the applicant can register the facility where the foods are packaged as the foreign food facility. 

5. What should I do when receiving a notice of renewing the registration?

The registration validity is two years. You will receive a notice of renewing the foreign food facility in advance. Then you need to  to MFDS and update the registration before the expiry date.

6. Do I need to register again if I forgot to renew the registration within the validity period?

No need to register the facility again. You can still apply for registration renewal.

7. Suppose the foreign food facility was registered for manufacturing processed food at first. Now I plan to sell health functional food manufactured in the same facility. Do I need to file the foreign food facility for manufacturing the relevant item again?

No need to register the facility again. You can apply for changing the registration information.

8. Can I renew or change the registration information if I am not the initial applicant of the foreign food facility registration?

Yes, you can renew or change the registration information as long as you are a qualified registrant.


 

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