Last checked: 12/04/2021

Labelling of food supplements

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Food supplements are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect. People take supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies, ensure that they take in enough of certain nutrients, or to support specific physiological functions.

Food supplements are designed to be taken in small quantities and are sold in different forms, such as:

Whether you manufacture, sell or import food supplements, you need to ensure that the product complies with EU rulesOpen as an external link.

Vitamins and minerals allowed in food supplements – annex 1Open as an external link

Vitamin and mineral substances allowed in food supplements – annex 2Open as an external link

Labelling requirements

Food supplements must comply with general food labelling rules and display:


The labelling, presentation or advertising of food supplements are forbidden from featuring claims that the product prevents, treats or cures a disease.

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