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 standardize 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

金装”(gold), “超级”(super), “升级”(upgrade), “特级”(special grade), “顶级”(top level), “极致(extreme)”, “超凡” (extraordinary), “博士”(doctor), “冠军”(champion), “天才”(genius), “特效” (special effect), “全效” (full effect), “全面” (comprehensive), etc.

2

Words that involving disease prevention or remission or treatment;

降糖”(hypoglycemic effect), “减肥”(fat loss), “减重”(weight loss), “治疗”(treatment), “消炎”(anti inflammation), etc.

3

Express and imply with the function of improving intelligence, strengthening resistance or immunity, protecting intestine, etc.

益智”(intelligence benefit), “益生菌”(probiotic), “易消化”(digestible),“保护肠道”(product intestine),“增强免疫力”(strengthen immunity),“强体”(building body),“强身”(building body), etc.

4

Vulgar or words with feudal superstition

名门贵族”(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 

特殊医学用途婴儿配方食品+(产品类别名称)

(Infant Formula Foods for Special Medical Purpose  + (product category))

特殊医学用途婴儿配方食品(无乳糖配方)

(Infant Formula Foods for Special Medical Purpose  (No Lactose formula))

2

Full Nutritional Formula Food

特殊医学用途全营养配方食品

(Full Nutritional Formula Food for Special Medical purpose)

特殊医学用途全营养配方食品

3

Specific Full Nutritional Formula Food

特殊医学用途配方食品+(产品类别名称)

(FSMP+ (product category))

特殊医学用途配方食品(肥胖手术全营养配方)

(FSMP (Full nutritional formula for obesity surgery))

4

Part Nutritional Formula Food

特殊医学用途非全营养配方食品+(产品类别名称)

(Part Nutritional Formula Food for Special Medical purpose + (product category))

特殊医学用途非全营养配方食品(碳水化合物组件)

(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 standardized. 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. For more information on the FSMP registration in China, please kindly click here.


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