Evolution of Health Food Registration and Filing Number Format / by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

(1) On March, 1996, the former Ministry of Health issued Administrative Measures on Health Food. According to the measures,

* the registration number format for approved domestic health food is 卫食健字 (4 digital numbers indicating year) + the serial number

** the registration number format for approved imported health food is 卫食健进字 (4 digital numbers indicating year) + the serial number, or 卫进食健字 (4 digital numbers indicating year) + the serial number

(2) On April, 2005, the former CFDA issued Administrative Measures on Health Food Registration (Trial). According to the measures,

* the registration number format for approved domestic health food is 国食健字G+ 4 digital numbers (indicating year) + 4 serial numbers

** the registration number format for approved imported health food is 国食健字J + 4 digital numbers (indicating year) + 4 serial numbers

Capital letter G and J represent domestic and imported, respectively.

(3) On July, 2016, the former CFDA issued Administrative Measures on Health Food Registration and Filing. According to the measures,

* the registration number format for approved domestic health food is 国食健注G+ 4 digital numbers (indicating year) + 4 serial numbers

** the registration number format for approved imported health food is 国食健注J + 4 digital numbers (indicating year) + 4 serial numbers

*** the filing number format for approved domestic health food is 食健备G + 4 digital numbers (indicating year) + 2 digital numbers (indicating province) + 6 serial numbers

**** the filing number format for approved imported health food is 食健备J + 4 digital numbers (indicating year) + 00 + 6 serial numbers

Capital letter G and J represent domestic and imported, respectively.

Source: China Nutrition and Health Food Association

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