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Food Supplement Registration in Indonesia

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With the increasing health awareness in Indonesia, the food supplement market in Indonesia triggers the interest of foreign investors. Similarly to food and beverage industry, health supplements are regulated by the National Agency of Food and Drug Control, known as Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (BPOM) with the Directorate of Health Supplement Evaluation being the primary body responsible for the food supplement registration.

According to the regulation, only Indonesian companies registered in the following fields can import dietary supplements to Indonesia:

  • Food sector
  • Traditional drug sector
  • Pharmaceutical sector

Legal entities operating in different fields, as well as overseas businesses, are forbidden to register their food supplements in Indonesia. However, there are several ways how foreign entrepreneurs can successfully penetrate the market with the help of a local agent.

Food Supplement Registration with Cekindo

Company Formation

Foreign investors in Indonesia can start a foreign-owned company. The Negative Investment List sets the maximum foreign ownership based on industries they operate in such as 100% for import and export companies and 67% for distribution companies.Therefore, a local partner such as Cekindo is mostly required not only to assist during the process of company registration but to own the compulsory local share of the company.

With Cekindo, investors can either establish a foreign company or a nominee company based on a nominee agreement. In this case, no foreign ownership is limited as Cekindo becomes its legal owner without any intervention in the company’s operation.

Last but not least, the fastest way to start business activities in Indonesia with an incorporated legal entity is to purchase one of Cekindo’s ready-made shelf company.

Nominee Product Holder

Investors who are not interested in setting up a company in Indonesia can appoint a nominee product holder such as Cekindo. Your food supplements will be registered under Cekindo with no exclusivity. It means that you can appoint as many distributors as you wish and terminate cooperation without fear of non-compliance with local regulations.

Registration of Health Supplement

Only companies in industries mentioned above and with an import licence are allowed to access BPOM’s online registration system. BPOM later conducts pre-assessment (inspection of your facilities) to make sure that your products comply with all safety and standard requirements. An assessment will result either in rejection or approval with a registration number of your dietary supplement.

Cekindo will validate your document and submit the application dossier on your behalf.

Extension of the Food and Beverage Product Registration

A registration number of each product lasts five years and can be renewed before it expires. However, there is a specific timeline that should be followed — not sooner than 6 months before its expiration day and not later than 10 days before it expires.

In any case, it is recommended to contact Cekindo well in advance to avoid delays in the process.

halal-MUIAre Your Products Halal? Do Not Forget about Halal Certification

By law in October 2019, all imported food supplements that are considered as halal in their home countries but have not been certified in Indonesia yet become non-halal.Due to the prevailing Muslim population, lack of halal certification significantly influences food supplements sales in Indonesia.

Contact Cekindo to certify your halal products immediately after their registration process finishes.

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Selected Testimonials

  • Matthias Coessens - Empyrean

    When I was looking for a reliable partner who could help with company registration, payroll, taxes and working permit in Indonesia, Cekindo’s domain knowledge and clear communication astonished. Firstly, we decided to pursue cooperation with Cekindo in terms of company registration, but they also assisted me in obtaining the necessary working permits and visas (KITAS), and we use their payroll and tax reporting services until now.

    Matthias Coessens
    Product Director at Empyrean Solutions Apac
  • Ivana Bartonkova

    Cekindo handled business visa for our new colleague promptly and made the start of our company in Vietnam easier and faster. I particularly enjoyed communication with the consultant, who advised the best solution for us and was all the time available to answer any questions. She made sure that all the documents were collected and prepared on time and we got great support during the whole process. Thank you Cekindo and I hope to cooperate again in the near future!

    Ivana Bartonkova
    Marketing and HR director of Port Cities Vietnam
  • Phyto CZ Sro

    Cekindo assisted us with a selection of our local distributor in Indonesia and organised several meeting in Jakarta. Their assistance enabled us to meet our potential local partners and choose the best distributor conveniently. The decision to cooperate with Cekindo was based on a recommendation from our prominent partner in Bali and we cannot be more grateful. Cekindo’s systematic work, active communication, thoroughness and professionalism was exceptional.

    Ing. Václav Tomek
    Phyto CZ Sro
  • Vivek Singh Rathaur

    Cekindo initially helped us with setting up our business structure in Indonesia and getting us all due licenses and approvals. Currently, Cekindo is associated with us as our business partner in Indonesia by providing a face to our name and handling various business activities on our behalf. Without their help, we would be lost in keeping up with regulatory requirements and being a compliant company in Indonesia.

    Vivek S.Rathaur
    Vega Industries
  • akvo - cekindo

    Thanks to Cekindo and its one-stop market entry solutions, we could start exploring the Indonesian market. Cekindo’s broad portfolio of services included a formal process of our representative office registration, consultations regarding proper legal set-up and even working permit and visa applications. Cekindo’s extensive knowledge of the latest developments and legal requirements allowed us to focus on more operational matters and to build a local team in Indonesia.

    Peter van der Linde
    Co-founder / Director strategy & solutions, Akvo Pte Ltd
  • morning-star-cekindo

    After extensive research online, I reached out to several companies including Cekindo. Cekindo’s info package and summary of services were by far the most thorough and professional and their pricing was competitive and reasonable. Cekindo’s sound knowledge of all administrative requirements gave me the confidence that my company incorporation of 100% foreign owned export company was being executed correctly and legally.

    Kingsley Fiegert
    Director, Morning Star Investments (WA) Pty Ltd
  • Jason Peter Stevens

    With knowledgable team, Cekindo helped me make the whole process of company registration and product registration of health and beauty products in Indonesia less confusing and seamless at the same time. They have always been swift in response and hands-on at every email, never leaving me wondering or worried. As far as I am concerned, they go above and beyond the call of duty. They will most certainly be my long-term partner moving forward into the years to come. Thank you Cekindo!

    Jason Peter Stevens
    Group CEO, Studio XII Pte Ltd
  • Konstantin-Simonov

    We chose Cekindo because we considered Cekindo as a professional company with a good attitude and a streamlined business model. Cekindo met all our expectations as it created the atmosphere of accountability and transparency. The most significant added values that we received from cooperation with Cekindo are the time we saved and mistakes we avoided.

    Konstantin Simonov
    Director, PT. AEKS Konsultasi dan Integrasi
  • DESMI Testimonial - Cekindo

    Cekindo provided outstanding services in registering our representative office in Indonesia in a timely manner. Their financial services have been helping us a lot — our local employees feel secure working for our company. Cekindo became our reliable partner with quick response on our needs. Their flexibility and full support of our business in Indonesia are the main reasons to continue in our cooperation.

    Rajendra Iskandar
    Sales and Support Engineer, DESMI
  • (CFLD), Mr. Max Yang, President, Indonesian Region

    After comparing several consultants, I found Cekindo is a international and professional organization with good understanding of local market. Cekindo helped our company to set up our first Indonesian entity, and also helps with day-to-day operation.  Cekindo showed high level of professionalism. Jump start the business in Indonesia, take care of routine process, therefore we can focus more on our core business.

    Max Yang
    President, Indonesian Region, China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd.

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