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Food Supplement Registration in Indonesia

Food Supplement Registration in Indonesia

With the increasing health awareness in Indonesia, the food supplement market in Indonesia triggers the interest of foreign investors. Similar to the food and beverage industry, food 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 Indonesia with Cekindo

Infographic Business Incorporation - Food Supplement Registration in Indonesia

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 special purpose vehicle (SPV) based on a special-purpose 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 companies.

Product License Holder Service

Investors who are not interested in setting up a company in Indonesia can appoint a product license holder service provider 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.

Infographic Food Supplement Registration in IndonesiaRegistration of Health Supplement

Only companies in industries mentioned above and with an import license are allowed to access BPOM’s online registration system.

BPOM later conducts a 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 Food Supplement Registration IndonesiaAre Your Products Halal? Do Not Forget about Halal Certification

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

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

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Selected Testimonials

  • I am thankful for Cekindo, as they assisted me for several months to obtain my business visa and enter Indonesia. I was in constant contact with valuable consultants the provided me with updated information during this precarious time. Today, my being in Jakarta is not a miracle – it was made possible by Cekindo.

    Gabriel Francois Pierre Hossaert
  • Balev Coporation

    We needed an expert in applying and obtaining respective registrations for our product range in Indonesia, and a renowned German consultancy company in the safety compliance field recommended Cekindo due to their well-developed network in the Asia Pacific. Cekindo’s practical knowledge helped professionally shape and balance the wording of our labels, resulting in full compliance with Indonesian product regulations while taking into account the market and its end users.

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    Balev Corporation
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    I would like to acknowledge the exceptional service that PT. Cekindo Business International provided to me and my company. I needed to attend a meeting in Jakarta in October 2020 and because of the COVID-19, there were some restrictions with regard to visa application. I made the right decision by consulting with the visa team at Cekindo. The application process was expertly handled. The team ensured the visa was issued well ahead of time for my trip. I would recommend PT. Cekindo Business International to anyone looking for expert help in managing the visa application process.

    Tim Stewart
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    Prior to choosing Cekindo as our business partner in Indonesia, we interviewed and compared several companies. Finally, we chose to cooperate with Cekindo because of its professionalism and quality. Cekindo has assisted us in many ways, from company certification application to KITAS application and financial statement compliance to the fulfillment of other tax obligations in Indonesia. We appreciate the team’s fast response and professionalism in preparing the financial statements, among others.

    Doris Chen
    PT. Asia Victory and PT. Bigger One
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    When I joined Toaster, it was already working with Cekindo. But it’s quick to see why Toaster chose Cekindo. Cekindo has been very helpful throughout. Toaster Headquarters is based in London. Indonesian tax laws are not our specialty. Cekindo’s team has helped us to understand Indonesian tax. They are very knowledgeable and dependable, and therefore a huge asset to our company.

    Tsui-Sie Wong

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