As per the government’s decree No. 15, from July 1, 2019, all nutritional supplement facilities must have GMP certificates; notwithstanding, just a few of them achieve the certificates.
Mr. Phong said that there had been no production regulation for nutritional supplement facilities before; these facilities must produce in accordance with regulations for food manufacturers; accordingly, it is a real challenge for them.
After July 1, 2019, uncertified nutritional supplement facilities must close. Certified companies must spend much to meet GMP requirements while companies without GMP certificates just rent an office, a workshop, bought packing equipment and sold products. Therefore, consumers are confused about product quality in the market.
The government is determined to tighten the controls over dietary supplement production expecting to curb substandard products, said Mr. Phong.
Competent agencies will make their best to support producers in finishing paper work, affirmed Mr. Phong.