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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Health – Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA) will officially launch today, 3 April 2019, the Initiative ni DTI-DOH Operation: Livelihood or IDOL Program.

The IDOL Program is a DTI-DOH-FDA pilot program that is designed to capacitate micro enterprises/entrepreneurs to comply with the regulatory requirements of the FDA, and to streamline the processing of their applications (for authorizations) – without compromising the quality and safety of their products.  To be qualified under the Program, the applicant must be:

  1. Classified as a micro enterprise per Republic Act No. 9501 (single proprietorship, cooperative, partnership or corporation whose total assets, inclusive of those arising from loans but exclusive of the land on which the particular business entity’s office, plant and equipment are situated, not more than PhP3,000,000.00);
  2. Engaged in the business of manufacturing of low-risk food products as classified per DOH AO No. 2014-0029 (see attached [non-exclusive] list of low-risk food products);
  3. Doing business in the NCR; and
  4. Able to submit the registration requirements of the DTI-DOH-FDA for the Program (see attached process flow with list of documentary requirements)

Qualified applicants must submit the required documents to the DTI Business / Negosyo Centers (DTI BC/NC) in their area for the processing of their application/s for FDA-authorization/s.

The DTI BC/NC and the DOH-FDA will facilitate the processing of all applications pursuant to existing laws, rules and regulationsparticularly focusing on food safety, and will release the approved authorizations through the DTI BC/NCs where the application was filed.

Inquiries regarding the IDOL Program may be emailed to [email protected].

FDA Advisory No. 2019-094