The Vietnam Food Administration, under the Ministry of Health, has banned the advertising of all nutritional supplements in any form, effective from April 26.
The food safety watchdog has stated clearly that no advertising of nutritional supplements will be permitted by medical staff and pharmacists.
The health watchdog also banned use of images or reputed name of a medical facility or even sending of thank-you letters to patients as a means to advertise nutritional supplements.
As the advertising system is very chaotic, the health watchdog had to issue a strict ban. Previously, related agencies had sent a document to media asking to regulate advertising of nutritional supplements and pharmaceutical products.
Before advertising, enterprises were asked to produce their business registration license, food safety certificates and approved content of the advertisement, but this still did not regulate advertising of nutritional supplements.