Pre-market Approval Permit
In the context of Government strategy to improve the ease of doing business, the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life has amended the Food Regulations 1999 to streamline procedures for and review the scope of food-related businesses requiring a pre-market approval permit (PMAP).
Accordingly, the Food (Amendment) Regulations 2017 provide, inter alia, for amendments to Regulations 23 and 26 as well as the Third schedule of the Food Regulations 1999.
The list of food, pre-packed food, container and contact material requiring a pre-market approval permit has been reviewed as follows:-
Any novel food
Baby feed bottle, teat, nipple and baby feed mug
Canned food for infant and child
Edible fat and oil, including shortening, margarine, vanaspati, ghee
Pending the implementation of the TradeNet System, the procedures in relation to an application for a pre-market approval permit (PMAP) in respect of above list, for -
(a) Imported products
(b) Locally manufactured products
are given hereunder:
The application for a pre-market approval permit (PMAP) is governed by regulations 23, 24, 25, 26 and 26A of the Food Regulations 1999 and the Food (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
Prior to making any application for a PMAP, applicant should contact(1) the concerned Office, as follows –
· The Food Import Unit (FIU), Port Louis (for Imported products) -
· The relevant regional Health Office (for Locally manufactured products) -
and submit a specimen of the label/artwork of food package either in hard or soft copy.
The FIU or the regional Health Office, as the case may be, will check compliance of the label/artwork, with the labelling requirements as set out in Regulation 3 of the Food Regulations 1999.
(1) – Contact details of Offices
Where the label is found to be compliant, the Applicant will be issued with a checklist(2) regarding chemical and bacteriological tests required in respect of the product for which a PMAP is mandatory.
Thereafter, the Applicant will have to submit his application for a PMAP in the prescribed form - 4th schedule of the Food Regulations 1999(3), along with –
For Imported products - the original certificates of analysis or a scanned copy thereof, from an accredited laboratory from the country exporting the product;
For Locally manufactured products - the original certificates of analysis from the Government Analyst Division (Reduit), and/or the Central Health Laboratory (Candos), as the case may be, or a scanned copy thereof;
certifying the chemical composition & microbiological safety of the product.
Your attention is drawn to the fact that under Regulation 23(3)(b), the Permanent Secretary may require the Applicant to furnish such document or information, or such sample for analysis or examination, as he/she thinks fit.
The application will be processed by the Food Import Unit or the regional Health Office, as the case may be, as regards compliance of the product with the requirements of the Food Act/Food Regulations.
The Applicant is issued with a PMAP within 5 working days from the effective date* of receipt of the application.
(“effective date” means the date on which all required documents, information or samples are submitted).
In case the application is rejected, the applicant is informed about the shortcomings and counselled.
A schema of procedures(4) is also included.
The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life reserves the right to amend these guidelines, at any time, without prior notice.
(2) – Check list of tests required (3) – Application form for PMAP (4) – Schema of procedures