Ministry: Imported drugs must have one year expiry date

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has laid out strict guidelines for imported drugs to have a minimum one year expiry date. 

Imported drugs should have a minimum one year expiry date, the Ministry of Health wants

The new guidelines for imported and exported drugs took effect on February 14. Under the new regulations imported drugs with more than a 24 month expiry date should have a minimum remaining period of 18 months when they enter into Vietnam while drugs with a less than 24 month expiry date should have a minimum remaining period of 12 months.

For unregistered vaccines or biological medications the expiry date before entering the country must be valid for at least two thirds of its period, while for registered products the expiry date must still be valid for half that time duration.

MOH also calls for raw ingredients for drugs to have an expiry date of over 36 months when imported into the country. Drugs for humanitarian aid with a 24 month or more expiry date must have a remaining valid 12 months when entering Vietnam.

By Ng. Quoc - Translated by Cat Tuong

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