Data Delivery: Status of Infant Formula Milk Powder Registration in China

On 1 October, 2016, the Administrative Measures on Product Formula Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder came into force. After more than two years of development, most infant formula milk powder manufacturers have completed the registration work in China. In order to give you a better understanding of the registration status, CIRS has made a detailed analysis on the registered products.

1. The Number of Registered Products

Up to now, State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has approved the registration of 1253 infant formula milk powder products from 162 manufacturers, including 949 products produced by 112 domestic manufacturers and 304 products produced by 50 overseas manufacturers.

As can be seen from Fig 1, 2017 is the peaking period of formula registration. In that year, 952 products were approved, accounting for 76% of approved products. This is because the registration transitional period was up to the end of 2017, and a large number of enterprises submitted the application and got registration approval during this period.

Fig1. Number of Registered Infant Formula Milk Powder Products in Each Year

In general, one manufacturer applies for the registration for 1 series, 3 age groups at the same time. As a result, the number of products registered at different age groups is similar (see in Fig 2).

Fig 2. Number of Registered Infant Formula Milk Powder Products at Different Age Groups

2. Top 10 Enterprises in Obtaining Registration Certificates

In accordance with the Administrative Measures on Product Formula Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder, at most 3 series and 9 kinds of formulas can be registered by one manufacturer in principle. Therefore, products belonging to the same enterprise are generally registered by different factories. According to our statistics, the top 10 enterprises obtaining the registration certificates are shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3. Top 10  Enterprises in Obtaining Registration Certificates

3. Registration Status of Imported Products

Up to now, a total of 304 imported products from 15 overseas countries have obtained the formula registration approval in China. New Zealand, Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, France, Denmark and Ireland are the leading countries in product registration.

Fig 4. Number of Registered Imported Products in Different Countries

4. The Number of Registered Goat Milk Powder Products

In recent years, goat milk powder products have received more and more attention. Up to now, 267 goat milk formulas have been approved for registration (including 243 domestic products and 33 imported products), accounting for 21% of the total.

Fig 5. Number of Registered Goat Milk Powder VS Cow Milk Powder

5. The Number of Registered Organic Products

According to the product label, until now, a total of 17 series, 51 approved formulas are certified organic products (including 24 domestic products and 27 imported products), and all of them are cow milk powder.

Fig 6 Number of Registered Organic Products

 Table1 Details of the Registered Organic Products

S.N.

Domestic/Imported

Trade Name

Applicant

1

Domestic organic products

Rui’bu’en

Inner Mongolia Ou Shi Mengniu Dairy Products Co., Ltd.

2

AusNuotore

Meilu Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

3

Zhen’zhi

Heilongjiang Fir Mus Dairy Co., Ltd

4

Ou’bei’xing

Heilongjiang Red Star Group Food Co., Ltd.

5

Zhi’zhen

Heilongjiang YeePer Dairy Co., Ltd.

6

Su’jia

Hulunbeier Shuangwa Dairy Co., Ltd.

7

MoraPure

Wissun Dairy (Qiqihar) Co., Ltd

8

Ai’ni’ke

Bei'an Yipin Nuka Dairy Co., Ltd.

9

Imported organic products

Healthy Times

COOPERATIVE ISIGNY-SAINTE MERE

10

Baby & Me

Arla Foods amba Arinco

11

Eleva

Arla Foods amba Arinco

12

Wyeth illuma purie

Wyeth Nutritionals Ireland Ltd.

13

Baby's Only

Maple Island Inc.

14

Neolac

Lypack Leeuwarden B.V.

15

ExtraPure

AUSTRALIAN DAIRY PARK PTY LTD

16

Kendamil Ou’rui’er

Kendal Nutricare Ltd

17

Euland

HAM Co.,Ltd

CIRS Comments

In 2019, SAMR will continue to strengthen the supervision of infant formula milk powder. They will conduct monthly sampling inspection of registered domestic & imported infant formula powder that circulating in the market, and disclose the inspection results to the public. China government pays great attention to the quality and safety of infant formula, and ensuring the quality of infant formula milk powder is a long-term work for every infant milk powder manufacturer.

Author:


Ms. Wing Yu, Technical Manager of Food Business Division, CIRS Group

Ms. Wing Yu graduated from Zhejiang University with Master Degree of Food Engineering. She has abundant experience in food technology, food testing and food regulation. After joining CIRS, she focuses on food regulatory compliance field, and is professional in food technical and regulatory support for oversea enterprises.

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