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Operating a Food Supplements Shop


In order to operate a food supplements shop in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain the licence of premises for the sale of food supplements by the Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health.

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.

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The application for licence of premises for the sale of food supplements can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or you can contact directly the competent authority:

Public Health Services
Ministry of Health
1 Prodromou str.
1449 Nicosia
Tel: +357 2260575, 22605554
Fax: +357 22605482
Email : healthservices@mphs.moh.gov.cy
Website: http://www.moh.gov.cy/moh/mphs/phs.nsf/

The application should be accompanied by the following documents:

  • copy of the Certificate of Incorporation and Certificate of Directors and Secretary issued by the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (in case of a legal entity);
  • certified copies of the documents supporting the qualifications of the person selling food supplements; that is, a degree in Dietetics, Food Science or Pharmacy.
  • certified copies of qualifications of the Qualified person/persons, in relation to food supplements, who manages the food supplements shop (e.g. registered doctor, pharmacist, dietitian or food scientist);
  • fee of 50.

On site inspections are carried out, by authorized health inspectors to ensure that all the prerequisites, mentioned under “eligibility criteria” section, are met.

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Any person who operates a Food Supplement shop is required to comply with the provisions he provisions of the Food (control and sale) laws of 1996 and the Food Supplements Regulations of 2004, as periodically amended.

It should be noted that any display of claims to the food supplement’s label or advertisement that implies directly or indirectly the prevention, treatment or therapy of a human disease is prohibited.

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