Our company values its reputation and consistently follows the highest standards of business ethics in all areas of its activities, honestly conducts business in accordance with the highest standards. The company’s activities are based on legal, efficient and fair methods of doing business, including, but not limited to, relationships with government agencies and officials, relationships with its employees, record keeping and payment of taxes, implementation and strict adherence to Ukrainian legislation.
The main difference between dietary food supplements and a medicine is that the efficacy of supplement is either not confirmed or the proven level of efficacy does not allow prescribing the product for the treatment or prophylaxis.
Some products of the same composition but different brand names may be registered both as medicinal product and as food supplements. A good example is herbal products (e.g., ginkgo biloba, artichoke), vitamins and mineral complexes. The registration of the product as a medicine requires a large amount of documentation not only on the product use but also on the manufacturing process, quality control and other chemical-pharmaceutical and production documentation. In addition, registration of a medicinal product is by an order more expensive and takes much more time than registration of biological active dietary supplements.
If the medicinal products are made on the base of vitamins, minerals, amino acids or components of amino or fatty acids, the rate of one of these substances in the recommended daily intake should be much higher that the recommended average daily intake in order to maintain overall health and well-being (quote from the Customs Tariff of Ukraine, notes to the item 3004).
From the viewpoint of import and marketing, there are several key differences between food supplements and medicinal products:
In accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, all food supplement are defined as «food products for special dietary use». «food products» mean that products are for oral use only. If your product is not intended for oral use, it is most likely a medicinal product, medical device or cosmetic.
Foods for special dietary use are subject to the value added tax (VAT 20%) and customs duty.
No, the registration of the company or representative office is not needed for registration of dietary supplement.
Any company – a legal person, resident or non-resident of Ukraine – may be an Applicant (MAH). The Applicant is responsible for the quality and safety of the product in Ukraine.
Wholesale and retail trade of foods for special use is not licensed activities.