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Regulations governing the quantity of tablet/capsule foods for personal use exempt from applying for imported inspection

  • Data Source:Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare
  • Created:2022-05-17
  • Last Updated:2022-05-17

The Ministry of the Health and Welfare (MOHW) has promulgated the “Requirements for Exemption from Applying for Inspection of Imported Foods and Related Products and Applicable Customs Codes” and the “Requirements for Customs Clearance of Foods under Import Regulation 511 Code and Applicable Customs Codes.” According to these regulations, imported tablet and capsule food for personal use and not for sale are exempted from applying for imported inspection to Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (TFDA). However, the quantity for each product type may not exceed 12 bottles (boxes, cans, packs, bags), and the total may not exceed 36 bottles (limited to original packaging in boxes, cans, packs, bags). Details on the announcement can be found on the TFDA website ( > News & Events > TFDA Announcements).

The TFDA emphasizes that the above-mentioned imported products for personal use exempt from imported inspection may not be sold. Anyone who sells the products shall be deemed in violation of paragraphs 1 and 3 of Article 30 of the Act Governing Food and Safety Sanitation. A fine between NT$30,000 and NT$3,000,000 shall be imposed in accordance with Article 47 of the same act. In addition, application for inspection exemption may be suspended for one year in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 51.

The TFDA reminds the general public that a balanced diet, regular daily routine, and moderate exercise are the foundation of a healthy life. If supplements or nutritional foods are needed, first consult with a physician, nutritionist, or medical practitioner for an opinion on the foods that best suit individuals’ needs. Before intake, carefully read the recommended intake, warnings, and precautions on the product label. In case of discomfort after product consumption, immediately stop product use and seek medical attention. For healthcare related information, go to the National Health Food and Tablet and Capsules Unexpected Reactions Reporting System.