China CFDA Drafts the Naming Principles of Food for Special Medical Purpose (FSMP) (Trial)

On 24 July 2017, CFDA released the Naming Principles of Food for Special Medical Purpose (FSMP) (Trial) for public comments, in order to standardise the product names. Opinions and advises shall be given before 6 August 2017. The product name of FSMP is consisted of trade name and common name. Each product can only have one product name and it shall be different with the names of approved FSMP products. Forbidden words for trade name S.N. Forbidden Chinese words Examples 1 Words that are false, exaggerated, violating the principles of science or absolute “??”(gold), “??”(super), “??”(upgrade), “??”(special grade), “??”(top level), “??(extreme)”, “??” (extraordinary), “??”(doctor), “??”(champion), “??”(genius), “??” (special effect), “??” (full effect), “??” (comprehensive), etc. 2 Words that involving disease prevention or remission or treatment; “??”(hypoglycemic effect), “??”(fat loss), “??”(weight loss), “??”(treatment), “??”(anti inflammation), etc. 3 Express and imply with the function of improving intelligence, strengthening resistance or immunity, protecting intestine, etc. “??”(intelligence benefit), “???”(probiotic), “???”(digestible),“????”(product intestine),“?????”(strengthen immunity),“??”(building body),“??”(building body), etc. 4 Vulgar or words with feudal superstition “????”(famous aristocracy), etc. 5 Other misleading words Mislead consumers by using homophonic words or similar characters Naming principles for common name S.N. Categories Format of common name Examples 1 Infant Formula Foods for Special Medical Purpose  ????????????+???????? (Infant Formula Foods for Special Medical Purpose + (product category)) ??????????????????? (Infant Formula Foods for Special Medical Purpose (No Lactose formula)) 2 Full Nutritional Formula Food ????????????? (Full Nutritional Formula Food for Special Medical purpose) ????????????? 3 Specific Full Nutritional Formula Food ??????????+???????? (FSMP+ (product category)) ????????????????????? (FSMP (Full nutritional formula for obesity surgery)) 4 Part Nutritional Formula Food ??????????????+???????? (Part Nutritional Formula Food for Special Medical purpose + (product category)) ??????????????????????? (Part Nutritional Formula Food for Special Medical purpose (Carbohydrate components)) When this new Naming Principles for FSMP officially released and come into force, the product names of FSMP will be more standardised. More specific words will be forbidden to use in the name. Relevant enterprises shall focus on the Naming Principles, and adjust the product name in time. Further information is available at: CFDA News

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