Era of Infant Formula Registration- Situation, Pitfalls and Solutions
It has been years but many people might still recall the melamine scandal. As part of the efforts to rebuild the food safety system, infant formula registration was firstly introduced in the Food Safety Law (2015). This registration mechanism aims to enhance the safety of the formula industry by setting higher thresholds for infant formula manufacturers, and kicking out those lack sufficient capabilities in safety control and technologies. Apparently, this is not an easy task, as it nearly reshaped the benchmark for all infant formula companies, both domestic and international. CFDA (now being restructured in State Administration for Market Regulation) has promulgated a series of registration rules, implementation notices, protocols, transition polices over the years, and in the end the final and official deadline was set as 1 January 2018, after which no infant formula products can be sold through general trade without formula registration. Formula registration has become a fundamental part of operation for those infant formula companies. Companies should be prudent in this regard and take formula registration into consideration in all the major transaction arrangements, to avoid systematic risk incurred to their business operation.