In Japan, health foods are regulated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) under the Food Sanitation Law. They are categorized into three types based on the guidelines laid down by MHLW namely:

  • Foods with Nutrient Function Claims (FNFC) – labelled with functions of nutritional ingredients
  • Foods for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) – officially approved to claim physiological effects on the body; need approval by the Minister of Consumer Affairs Agency
  • Food for Special Dietary Uses (FOSDU) - includes the foods for infants, pregnant, lactating women and elderly, medical foods for ill

Labeling in local language is a must on packaging of all domestic and imported products. Recognizing and targeting the domestic market is relatively difficult as the food preferences of Japanese consumers significantly vary from global preferences.

With a proven Regulatory expertise in Japan, Freyr provides regional market intelligence to assist manufacturers align with local regulations. Freyr extends professional assistance in Regulatory processes and provide cost-effective go-to-market strategy. Our linguistic experts ensure error-free translations and contextual correctness thus to avoid any Regulatory challenges occurring due to miscommunication.

Freyr Expertise

  • Product Classification
  • Ingredient Assessment
  • Label Compliance
  • Claims Review and Consultation
  • Local Language Translation
  • Product Notification and Approval
  • Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Intelligence
  • Strategic Regulatory Consulting

Freyr Advantages

  • End-to-end cosmetic Regulatory consultation
  • Qualified team of experts with hands-on experience across all categories of cosmetics foods like health supplements, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, health functional foods, health functional beverages, foods for special dietary use, etc
  • Support for region-specific Regulatory activities
  • Extensive partner network across the globe
  • Strong relationship with different health authorities
  • Structured and cost-effective approach to ensure speed to market for the products
Global HA Mandates