Who and how authorises foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses in the Czech Republic?

The regulation of foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses falls within the powers of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA).  

It is governed by Act No 110/1997 Coll. on Foodstuffs and Tobacco Products an on Amendments to Some Related Acts, as amended ((hereinafter referred to as the "Act on Foodstuffs") and Decree No 54/2004 Coll., on foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses and on the method of their use, as amended. The procedure which the manufacturer or importer has to comply with in placing the foodstuffs into circulation depends on whether the product is governed by the implementing legal regulation (Decree No 54/2004 Coll., as amended) or not. Foods for special medical purposes (Section 3d of the Act on Foodstuffs):
Manufacturers from the Czech Republic and importers from third countries are obliged to notify CAFIA of the placement into circulation by submitting specimen labelling. Other categories of foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses (Section 3c of the Act on Foodstuffs):

  • Foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses which are not listed under the implementing legal regulation: pursuant to Section 3c of the Act on Foodstuffs, the manufacturer or importer is obliged  to send to the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic the Czech text which will be presented on the labelling of the product prior to the first marketing;
  • Infant formulae: pursuant to Section 3d, paragraph 1 of the Act on Foodstuffs, the manufacturer or importer is obliged  to send to the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic the Czech text which will be presented on the labelling of the product prior to the first marketing;
  • Foods for special medical purposes: pursuant to Section 3d, paragraph 2 of the Act on Foodstuffs, the manufacturer or importer is obliged to send to the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) the Czech text which will be presented on the labelling of the product prior to the marketing of the product.