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China issues “General rule for special medical purposes formulas”

On 1 January 2014, the Chinese Health and Family Planning Commission published Notice No. 11 of 2013, the national food safety standard "General Rule for special medical purposes formulas (GB 29922-2013),”1. The standard will be implemented on 1 July 2014.

The standard is drafted for people with problems related to eating, digestion, absorption disorders, metabolic disorders, or those with specific nutritional needs.

The standard applies to special medical purpose formulas developed for people over the age of one. The standard contains terms and definitions for special medical purposes formulas.

Formulas for special medical purposes must comply with the basic requirements, raw material requirements, sensory requirements, nutrient requirements, contaminant limits such as toxins; microbial limits, food additives and nutritional supplement requirements of the standard. Label instructions and packaging are also required to meet the standard requirements.

In China, SGS has an experienced technical team, sophisticated equipment with the capabilities for testing of the "General formulas for special medical purposes (GB 29922-2013)”. SGS provides services for import and export, trade and food safety.

SGS is committed to keeping you informed of regulatory news and developments.  Leveraging our global network of laboratories and food experts, SGS provides a comprehensive range of food safety and quality solutions including analytical testing, audits, certifications, inspections and technical support. We continually invest in our world class testing capabilities and state-of-the-art technology to help you reduce risks, and improve food safety and quality. For further information please visit our website http://www.foodsafety.sgs.com/.

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1 General Rule for Special Medical Purposes Formulas (original text in Chinese)

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