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Additional requirements for pharmaceuticals registration in Vietnam affecting UK exporters

in Vietnam

Trade barrier summary

In the draft 'circular' for pharmaceuticals registration issued in Vietnam, there is an additional requirement.

When registering pharmaceuticals, a Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CPP) is required, which needs to list the source of each ingredient used in the final product.

This additional requirement causes two main challenges for overseas businesses:

1. The CPP needs to be completed by the pharmaceutical authorities of the manufacturing countries - most pharmaceuticals authorities use the World Health Organisation (WHO) CPP template, which does not need information on the source of ingredients.

2. It may place an additional burden for overseas businesses to provide the relevant information for each pharmaceutical.

Sectors affected

  • Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology



Date reported

1 April 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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