On December 9, 2021, Vietnam issued Decree No. 111/2021/ND-CP (Decree 111/2021), which amends the principles on labeling of products.
Decree 111/2021 goals to deal with tax evasion and fraud, and mandates people and organizations that produce, export, or import items to document and decide the origin of their items. Their labels should guarantee accuracy, truthfulness, and compliance with authorized provisions on the origin of products imported to, exported from, and manufactured in Vietnam, or any nation taking part in worldwide agreements with Vietnam.
Decree 111/2021 amends Decree No. 43/2017/NĐ-CP (Decree 43/2017) on product labeling regulation and can come into impact on February 15, 2022.
What are the amendments below Decree 111?
Necessary info on labels for imported items to Vietnam
Decree 111/2021 mandates that items imported into Vietnam will need to have their unique labels that point out both in a international language or Vietnamese the next info:
- The title of the products;
- The origin of products;
- Identify or abbreviated title; and
- Handle of the international producer or international firm accountable for importing the products.
Beforehand below Decree 43/2017, if the unique label of an imported good didn’t conform with the provisions below the decree, then the importer needed to make a supplementary label earlier than placing such items into the market.
The origin of products
Decree 43/2017 made it compulsory to show the origin of products on labels with out different options. This precipitated problem for companies that might not decide the origin of their items. Decree 111/2021 modifies this by including a clause whereby if the origin of products couldn’t be decided, the enterprise can state the place the place the ultimate manufacturing stage was carried out.
The next statements or phrases ought to be introduced along with the nation or territory the place the ultimate manufacturing stage came about:
- ‘Assembled in’;
- ‘Bottled in’;
- ‘Product of’;
- ‘Made in’;
- ‘Combined at’;
- ‘Packed in’;
- ‘Manufactured in’; or
- ‘Labeled at’, amongst others.
The decree additionally forbids abbreviating the nation the place the products have been accomplished or manufactured.
What about exported items?
The scope of rules for the labeling of products was restricted to items imported and circulated in Vietnam, in line with Decree 43/2017. Decree 111/2021 has expanded this scope to incorporate exported items.
Items labeled for export should adjust to the rules of the importing nation. The origin of products labels should adjust to Vietnamese rules or with the worldwide agreements that Vietnam is a signatory to.
Additional, the label should not comprise photos or content material concerning sovereign disputes or delicate content material that might impression Vietnam’s nationwide safety, society, economics, customs, and diplomatic relations.
Medical gadget labeling
Imported medical gadgets into Vietnam, the labels should present:
- The title and handle of the authorized producer; and
- The title and handle of the corporate or particular person who’s the registrant (registration quantity).
If the medical gadget doesn’t have a registration quantity, the title and handle of the corporate or particular person on the import license, in addition to the title and handle of the proprietor of the medical gadget have to be written on the label.
The label should even be written in Vietnamese. If that is unavailable, then a supplementary label in Vietnamese have to be added, whereas the unique label stays unchanged.
In situations the place a) items labels are compliant with Decree 43/2017 and b) the merchandise have been manufactured, imported, or circulated earlier than February 15, 2022 – companies can proceed to flow into them till the product’s expiry date.
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