Conditions applied to herbal ingredient retailers in Vietnam

This is a content of the Circular No. 03/2016/TT-BYT on herbal ingredient trading issued by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam on January 21, 2016.

Điều kiện đối với cơ sở bán lẻ dược liệu , Thông tư 03/2016/TT-BYT

According to Article 7 of the Circular No. 03/2016/TT-BYT of the Ministry of Health of Vietnam, conditions applied to herbal ingredient retailers are specified as follows:


- There is a fixed and isolated location with an area of at least 25 m2 suitable for the scope of business. The location must be dry, airy, safe, away from pollution sources, ensure fire safety; herbal ingredients are displayed and preserved in separated areas.

- There are adequate preserving equipment for protecting medicines from negative impacts of light, temperature, humidity, pollution, insects, including:

+ Shelves, counters, racks that are sturdy, smooth, easy to clean, convenient for displaying and preserving medicines.

+ Thermometers, hygrometer, dehumidifier for temperature and humidity control at the facility, lighting and ventilation system.

+ The preserving equipment must satisfy preservation conditions written on the label. Temperature must be maintained at below 30°C, humidity not exceeding 75%.


- There are adequate workers whose qualifications are suitable for their jobs, one of which must have a pharmacist assistance's qualification.

- All workers are provided with regular training in professional knowledge and new regulations on preservation and management of herbal ingredients.

- Retailers may only sell herbal ingredients that are purchased from facilities satisfying conditions for trading in herbal ingredients, have clear origins, packages, labels that comply with provisions of Clause 1 Section B Part II of Circular No. 04/2008/TT-BYT on drug labeling; may not sell unprocessed toxic herbal ingredients as prescribed in Circular No. 33/2012/TT-BYT dated December 28, 2012 of the Minister of Health.

View more details at the Circular No. 03/2016/TT-BYT of the Ministry of Health of Vietnam, issued on January 21, 2016.

Le Vy


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