Egypt faces nutritional challenges mainly due to low income, high food prices, low local agricultural production, and poor dietary practices. Due to low enforcement of existing laws, there are also problems with environmental pollution and food safety. During the last few years the Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt has placed nutrition as one of its main priorities and has developed a 10-year Food and Nutrition Policy and Strategy (2007–2017).
In Egypt, a dietary supplement is not considered a drug or an alternative for food, and is not used alone to treat, diagnose or prevent diseases. The Egyptian Drug Authority is responsible for overseeing the registration of dietary supplements through CAPA (Central Pharmacy Administration).
One of the unique challenges facing foreign suppliers of marketed health products in Egypt is the mandatory pricing imposed by government. More than this, there is a very strong incentive for Egyptian manufacturers over imported products. This means that exporting a Canadian-made product to Egypt may not be possible, and the product may need to be manufactured in Egypt (using “toll manufacturers”).
NHP Consulting can help guide you through the regulatory requirements for product compliance in the Egyptian market.