New Circular on Advertising Products, Goods and Services under the Governing Authority of Ministry Of Health
On 25 May 2015, the Ministry of Health of Vietnam issued Circular No. 09/2015/TT-BYT on confirmation of advertisement information about products, goods and services under the governing authority of the Ministry of Health (“Circular 09”). Particularly, products, goods and services subject to advertising confirmation procedures under Circular 09 comprising of (if under the governing scope of the MOH) cosmetics, food, food additives, anti-insect chemistry and preparations used in household and medical areas, medical equipment, milk and nutritional products, medical examinations and treatment services.
Accordingly, Circular 09 sets out the general conditions, application requirements, procedures, validity of and authorities of department under MOH relating to confirmation of advertising of the above listed products, goods and services.
Circular 09 shall take effect from 16 July 2015 and replaces provisions on drug advertising under Circular No. 13/2009/TT-BYT and Circular No. 45/2011/TT-BYT, provisions on cosmetic advertising under Circular No. 06/2011/TT-BYT and Circular No. 08/2013/TT-BYT on advertising of foods under MOH’s authority. Receipt of advertising dossiers that have been issued prior to the effective date of Circular 09 shall remain its validity until their expiry dates.
Impact on Businesses
Circular 09’s key impact is that it will allow for one procedure and one form of application for advertising confirmation for all products, goods and services. The applicants will submit the application dossier to the respective MOH’s departments governing their advertised products and receive a standardized “certificate of confirmation of advertisement”.
Under Circular 09, advertising activities of special products, goods, and services governed by MOH are stipulated in the manner of consistency and harmonization with Law on Advertising and its guiding legislations (i.e. Decree 181/2013/ND-CP). This strong link reduces overlap between specialized regulations, i.e. regulations on pharmacy, food safety, medical examination and treatment services, and advertising regulations.
The changes undertaken in Circular 09 will help to streamline the advertising procedure for the aforementioned business activities. It is expected to have positive effects for the advertising activities in the consumer health industry, with less regulatory restraint, there may be a boost in the advertising demand for these products.
By Vietnam Law Insight.
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