Six (6) Months Moratorium on the Requirement of Certificate of Product Registration for Raw Materials to be Presented or Submitted to the Bureau of Customs Prior to Release, as per FDA Memorandum Circular 2013-032, Dated 28 August 2013
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Circular 2013-032 dated August 28, 2013 states the "a.ii. Food ingredients and food additives, among other raw materials, that are intended for distribution or for sale, the License to Operate (LTO) and the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) shall be presented or submitted to the Bureau of Customs "for the immediate release of the products in the market to make them available and accessible to the public.
However, the implementation of Memorandum Circular (MC) 2013-032 has revealed and disclosed quite a number of FDA-licensed food importers/distributors of raw materials that failed to secure the CPR as required by R.A. No. 9711, otherwise known as the FDA Act of 2009. The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of 9711 was signed only in 2011. Prior to the signing of the FDA Act of 2009 and its IRR, R.A. No. 3720, series of 1963, otherwise known as the Food, Drugs and Devices, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by E.O. No. 175 in 1987, has no specific provision on registration of raw materials.
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