Statistics and Analysis on Health Food Filing in 2020 in China

Updated on 20 Jan. 2021

In order to help enterprises have an overview of this kind of products in China, CIRS counted the data of the approved domestic and imported health food filing products in 2020, and made an analysis for your reference.

1. The Number of Approved Filing Health Food in China

According to the information released by the Center for Food Evaluation of SAMR and the Local Administration for Market Regulation, and the unpublished information obtained by CIRS, up to December 31, 2020, a total of 1822 health food products had obtained the filing certificate in this year, in which 1777 are domestic products and 45 are imported health foods.

2. The Number of Approved Filing Health Food in Different Regions

The number of approved domestic filing health food are varied in different provinces in China. Shandong and Jiangxi rank the first and second place respectively with the number of 399 and 266, followed by Guangdong province (210). The applicants who come from the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Finland and Hong Kong-China have obtained filing certificates, and 26 of total approved imported nutrition supplements are from American companies.

3. Enterprises in Obtaining Health Food Filing Certificates

3.1 Domestic Nutrition Supplement

There are 298 domestic health food manufacturers who have obtained health food filing certificates. Among them, Weihai Baihe Biology Technology Co., Ltd. has got the largest number of filing certificates (156), followed by Wuhan Maixinli Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Jiangxi Haoyu Biotechnology Co., Ltd. with the number of 45 and 42, respectively.

3.2 Imported Nutrition Supplement


There are 14 oversea companies who have got health food filing certificates, Mega Health International, Inc. has got the largest number of filing certificates (10). Jamieson Laboratories Ltd. ranks the second place with the number of 9 products, followed by Vitamin World USA Corporation with the number of 6 products.


4. The Number of Approved Filing Health Food with Different Dosage Forms

There are currently 5 dosage forms for nutrition supplement which can apply for filing certificate in China, namely, tablet, hard capsule, soft capsule, oral liquid (including drops) and granule.

4.1 Domestic Nutrition Supplement

The dosage forms of approved domestic nutrition supplements are mainly tablets with the number of 1068, which account for 60.10% of the total. Among them, the number of products with the dosage of chewable tablets and swallowing tablets are the largest two, reaching 474 and 426. However, the quantity of products with effervescent tablets and buccal tablets are only 100 and 68, respectively.

Capsule include soft capsule and hard capsule, and the number of capsule product is 408. The quantity of soft capsule products is far higher than the number of hard capsule products, which is 366 and 42 products respectively.

In addition, the quantity of oral liquid (including drops) and granule products is 177 and 124. And there is only 54 dorps products.

4.2 Imported Nutrition Supplement

The dosage forms of approved imported nutrition supplements are mostly tablets with the number of 32. Among them, the number of swallowing tablet products is the largest (24). The quantity of capsule products and oral liquid (including drops) products is 10 and 3 respectively. The same as domestic nutrition supplements, the quantity of soft capsule products is far higher than the number of hard capsule products. Different from domestic nutrition supplements, there is no product with granule dosage forms in 2020.


5. The Number of Approved Filed Health Food with Different Nutrients

5.1 Domestic Nutrition Supplement

The number of domestic products supplementing single nutrient is the most, which is 818, followed by the products supplementing multiple nutrients and two nutrients.

Among the domestic health food filing products, the most popular nutrition supplements are multi-vitamins and minerals supplements, Vitamin C supplements, Calcium and Vitamin D supplements, which is 321, 309 and 138 respectively. 

Note: The products with the number of less than 8 are summed as “Other”.

5.2 Imported Filing Health Food

Among imported health food filing products, the most popular nutrition supplements are multi-vitamins and minerals supplements, vitamin D supplements, calcium and vitamin D supplements and multi-vitamin B supplements, which is 18, 4, 3 and 3 respectively.

CIRS Comments

The implementation of the health food filing has simplified the procedures of administrative approval and reduced the reporting period and costs, so it is favored by health food companies. From 2017 to 2020, more than five thousand nutrition supplements have obtained filing certificates, while only 109 imported products have got filing certificates, far fewer than domestic products, which could result from the lack of fully understanding of Chinese laws and regulations related to health food, and the fact that the relevant supporting documents provided by the applicants sometimes cannot meet the requirements of the Chinese laws and regulations. The article "Registration and development trend of imported health food in China" written by the specialist of the Center for Food Evaluation of SAMR stated that the qualification of overseas enterprises, production and sales certificates of products etc. are the important certificates to guarantee that the products have been legally produced and sold overseas. In the future, these relevant supporting documents will still be the focus of the review on the materials of imported filing products.

For health food enterprises, 2020 is a year full of good news. Health Food Raw Materials Directory of Nutrition Supplement (2020 version), List of Health Functions Available for Nutrition Supplement (2020 version) and Health Food Raw Material Directory of Coenzyme Q10, Melatonin, Fish oil, Broken Ganoderma Lucidum Spore Powder and Spirulina will come on effect on 2021.03.01. After the implementation of the above regulations, enterprises will have more choices on raw materials and function claims for filing products, and the types of health food filing products in the market will also increase.

Note:

I. The data in this article is from the Special Food Information Query Platform, Center for Food Evaluation of SAMR, and Local Administration for Market Regulation.

II. There may be some omissions in the data of domestic filed health food due to the replacement of new and old websites of government departments after the reform of state institutions, thus the data in this article is for reference only, and please refer to the information published by the government.

III. The Special Food Information Query Platform and Center for Food Evaluation of SAMR lag behind in information release. According to CIRS’s knowledge, the information of some products that have obtained health food filing certificates have not been published on the official website of the government departments. Therefore, the actual recorded amount of health food shall exceed the data listed in this article.

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