All food supplements need to be registered. “All food businesses obtained permit to operate business of food production shall register all products with processing procedure, formula and ingredients with Food and Drug Department to take consideration of issuing the registration of food products. For registration to imported food, the registration will be undertaken for only the risk food and the list of Risk food will be determined separately.” (Art. 13 of the Decision on the Control on Production, Exportation-Importation of Food, No. 856/MoH, date 12 May 2006)
The paperwork must be submitted to the Ministry of Health's Department of Food and Drug, in line with Decision No. 856/MoH.
Applicants must complete an application form as prescribed by the Department of Food and Drug and supplement the form with:
An application form;
A request letter;
A letter from the Head of Office authorizing the appointment of a representative in Laos;
A sales license from the exporting country's Food and Drug Administration;
A research certificate;
A certificate from the exporting country's Food and Drug Administration;
A product component certificate;
A label of the product in Lao or print-out of the Laos stickers on the box;
A certificate of good manufacturing practice;
A proof of registration that you can import/export in Laos; and
An original package sample.
Within 4 months, the MOH must verify the quality and release the license.
Ingredients must be free of pathogens and chemicals that are harmful to consumers.
The use of dangerous chemicals and narcotics; textile colors and other colors that aren't permitted; other substances that aren't permitted as food additives; and food additives in excess of the officially defined amount is prohibited.
The quantity and quality of food additives used in food should, in particular, comply with the Codex Standard for food additives (Codex STAN 192-1995). In any event, the following additives are prohibited:
Borax (including biborate, sodium tetraborate and sodium pyroborate);
Label information should be in Lao. However other language in smaller fonts, such as English, may be used.
Label indications must comply with Article 19 of the local Consumer Protection Law, which requires information on product labels about the type of goods, the manufacturer's trademark, and the importer's trademark used in trade in Laos; the manufacturer's location of manufacture, the importer's trading address in Laos, and the manufacturer's country of origin, if it is not Laos; and price, amount, quality, weight and net weight, components, and co; and price, amount, quality, weight and net weight,
Label information must be truthful. Exaggerating the benefits of food is not permitted.
The ASEAN guidelines on claims and claims substantiation for health supplements can be taken into account.