Base on the government's promotion of the three-tier quality control system in recent years, Taiwan has constructed a complete network of food safety management. In order to assist the development of the export processed food industry in Taiwan, TFDA has successively promoted 5 convenient measures for the application of the sanitary certificates, manufactured sanitary certificates, test reports and certificates of free sales and manufacture issued by TFDA. These measures may improve the convenience and efficiency of the application.
1. Online application:
Since 2016, TFDA has gradually promoted the online application for the sanitary certificates, manufactured sanitary certificates, test reports and certificates of free sales and manufacture. A total of more than 6,000 online application cases has been accepted. Food businesses operators no longer need paper delivery, and online supplements have been more efficient.
2. Simplify the application documents:
To improve the online application measures, TFDA completed the cross-system information connection between the "Food and Drug Operator Registration Platform" (FadenBook system) and the “Application System for Export Food Sanitary Certificates” (Asefsc system) in 2019, including the basic information of the food businesses operators, the registration of the manufacturing plant, food additives registration information, food additives permits, etc. TFDA also integrate multiple manufacturers' statement declaration documents, instead of being checked online, to achieve the goal of simplifying application documents.
3. Simplify the application process:
Since October 1, 2017, the manufacturer has the valid certificate of the second-tier quality control verification, and since April 15, 2019, the manufacturer has been audited by the competent authority and compliant with the GHP, those who meet the stipulated conditions could be issued sanitary certificates after passing the paper review, eliminating the need to conduct the on-site verification process again. The speed of application can be up to 4 times faster.
4. Electronic notification:
Since October 1, 2019, the system started to notify by e-mail to the FBO for payment and receiving certificates. It’s save time on delivery and get more real-time information.
5. Multiple payment methods:
Since October 1, 2019, 7 diversified payment channels have been provided. Operators can freely choose a suitable payment method, increasing the convenience of payment.
The food business operators who have application requirements can use TFDA's " Application System for Export Food Sanitary Certificates (Website: http://asefsc.fda.gov.tw)" to inquire about relevant application information.