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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HEALTH REGISTRATION
OF FOOD PRODUCTS IN PANAMA

The procedure for the obtainment of a Health Registration of a food product is prosecuted before the Food Protection Department of the Ministry of Health.

The requirements are the following:

A Power of Attorney document (from the propietor of the product), duly notarized and legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or by the Panamanian Consulate. Said Power of Attorney must mention the name of the product to be registered before the Food Protection Department.

Good Manufacturing Practice Certificate of the manufacturing laboratory, issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin, and duly legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or the Panamanian Consulate. Please be advised that according to our Health Registration Law, said Certificate has a validity of two (2) years counted as of its expedition date, unless the document has another expiration date.

Certificate of Free Sale of the product (original) duly issued by the competent authorities and legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or the Panamanian Consulate. Said document must include the name of the product that you desire to register. Please be advised that according to our Health Registration Law, said Certificate has a validity of six (6) months counted as of its expedition date.

Quali-quantitative formula (original) of the product, duly signed by the responsible person of the manufacturing laboratory.

Six (6) samples of the product (from the same batch number) as it will be commercialized in our country, in each of its variations, and must include, the name of the manufacturing laboratory, the country of origin, batch number, expiration date. The smallest sample size accepted is 200g. For your information, additional samples may be requested by the Specialized Institute of Analysis for the correspondent analysis, once the documentation is filed before said Institution.

Four (4) labels (original) of the product.

Documentation specifying the type and material of the recipient used.

Information as to the interpretation of the batch number.

Documentation certifying the shell life of the product.

Method of Analysis of the product.

Name of the distributer of the product in Panama.


Once the health registration application is submitted before the Food Protection Department, said documentation is examined by correspondent examiners, and if they estimate that the technical documentation complies with all the requirements of our health authorities, they will order the issuance of the correspondent Health Registration Certificate. The analysis of the product will be effectuated after the expedition of said Certificate.

The timeframe of this procedure is approximately one (1) month.

Please be advised that the Health Registration Certificates for food products have a validity of five (5) years, counted as of the expedition date, and may be renewed for equal periods of time.


Expenses:

Analysis of each product by the Specialized
Institute of Analysis (approximately)
US$250.00 - 350.00
Fiscal stamps affixed to the application US$4.00 p/page
Legalizations and authentications before the Ministry of Foreign Relations US$10.00 p/doc.
Certificate of Registration US$14.00
Registry Right US$25.00
Miscellaneous US$15.00_approx.
   
   
   
   
TOTAL US$418.00approx.

 
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