Although dietary supplements are not considered medicine, due to their use, they are subjected to special control. Production and trade of dietary supplements are not possible without proper permits.
In accordance with applicable regulations, dietary supplements are classified as food. This means, that the production and sale of this type of products requires consent of the State Sanitary Inspection, which controls if the company provides the right conditions for the realization of such activity. Introducing a new supplement to the market is possible after obtaining a special permit, which is given, among other things, when the product is properly labelled. The labelling cannot be misleading in terms of what it’s composed of, properties and durability of the supplement. It’s important that the writing on the packaging is visible and understandable for the customer. Moreover, manufacturers and retailers are obligated to implement and maintain procedures based on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). Failure to do so is equivalent to a trade ban in the field of production and trade of dietary supplements. Another cause for preventing the supplement to be sold is assigning it with healing properties, which is forbidden by Polish law.
It’s important to remember that dietary supplements, that are imported from abroad, can only be sold in Poland if they follow all the regulations in that country.