In order to distribute food supplements in the Republic of Cyprus that are not (legally) distributed in any other European Union Member State and/or contain more vitamins and minerals than the ones specified in the annexes of the "Regarding Food Supplements Regulations" of 2004 (Regulation 5) , one needs to obtain a "Food Supplements Distribution Licence" by the Director of Medical and Public Health Services, of the Ministry of Health.
Food supplements that are legally distributed in any other European Union Member State can be distributed in the Republic of Cyprus, after the Responsible for Distribution (natural person (individual) or legal person/entity) submits a "Notification of the Distribution of Food Supplements" to the Director of Medical and Public Health Services, of the Ministry of Health. The basic prerequisite for filing a notification is that the product contains vitamins and/or minerals that are included in the annexes of the relevant National Food Legislation "The Food (Control and Sale) Law of 1996" (link in the "Related Links"). Otherwise, the food supplements are subject to the application procedure for obtaining a "Food Supplements Distribution Licence" even if the product is legally distributed in any other EU Member State.
The term ‘food supplements’ means foodstuffs the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination, marketed in dose form, namely forms such as capsules, pastilles, tablets, pills and other similar forms, sachets of powder, ampoules of liquids, drop dispensing bottles, and other similar forms of liquids and powders designed to be taken in measured small unit quantities.
Every natural or legal person established in the Republic of Cyprus is eligible to obtain a "Food Supplements Distribution Licence" or submit a "Notification of the Distribution of Food Supplements" provided that the Medical and Public Health Services is satisfied that the food supplements: