SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
Hanoi, February 27, 2006
ON THE TRADING IN AND USE OF NUTRITIOUS PRODUCTS FOR INFANTS
Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;
Pursuant to the June 15, 2004 Law on Child Protection, Care and Education;
Pursuant to the June 14, 2005 Commercial Law;
Pursuant to the November 16, 2001 Ordinance on Advertisement-Pursuant to the December 24, 1999 Ordinance on Goods Quality;
Pursuant to the July 26, 2003 Ordinance on Food Hygiene and Safety;
At the proposal of the Minister of Health,
Article 1.- Scope of regulation and subjects of application
1. This Decree provides for information, education and communication on, advertisement for, trading in, and use of, nutritious products for infants, feeding bottles and dummies.
2. This Decree applies to Vietnamese and foreign organizations and individuals in Vietnam.
Article 2.- Interpretation of terms
In this Decree, the terms below are construed as follows:
1. Nutritious products for infants include milk and food produced by industrial methods, which are up to the set standards and suitable to the special physiological conditions and each period of growth of infants, including:
a/ Milk and food of animal or plant origin, for under-6 month infants;
b/ Milk for infants aged between 6 months and 24 months.
2. Supplementary food means food processed for additional use together with breast milk, and milk for infants aged between 6 months and 24 months.
3. Infants mean children who are from newborn to 24 months old.
4. Labels of nutritious products for infants mean pictures, drawings or other illustrations; words, prints or embossed images, affixed to or presented on packages of nutritious products for infants.
5. Giving of samples of nutritious products for infants means the free-of-charge supply of a small quantity of nutritious products for infants.
6. Advertisement for nutritious products for infants means the introduction of nutritious products for infants in any forms for profit-making purposes.
7. Medical examination and treatment establishments include general hospitals, obstetric or pediatric hospitals, maternity homes; general clinics, obstetric or pediatric clinics; regional general clinics, and commune, ward and township health stations.
8. Physicians and medical workers mean those who have medical professional qualifications, including doctors, intermediate-level physicians, convalescence workers and midwives working at medical examination and treatment establishments.
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