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Registration or notification of food supplements
The EC has decided in art. 10 of Food Supplement Directive 2002/46 that EU member states must decide themselves if food supplements require a notification (not registration, neccesary for medicinal products), which is a submission of label and other information, in order to show that the product is completely in line with all legal requirements for the food supplement.
The Netherlands, the UK and some other EU countries do not have a notification requirement when entering the Dutch market, the Dutch authorities rely instead on post-marketing controls.
However in August 2020 the Dutch Ministry of Health announced to consider to introduce in 2021 the nofication obligation due ot market developments ( a lot of on-line sales ) and safety problems with some food supplements. As soon as details are known abiut the Dutch nofication system and the date of start it will be announced by the Dutch authorities and on Nieuws (Dutch part of the website).
This makes the importer, distributor completely responsible to be sure that all legal aspects of the product such as health claims and Novel Food issues, allowed and not allowed vitamin/mineral substances and botanicals, labelling, and marketing / webshop sales methods will be fulfilled to prevent problems with the Dutch authorities after launching of the product.
Importers / distributors must know all aspects of the applicable EU directives and its implementations.
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