Vietnam: Amending regulations on labeling of goods of Decree 89 - Draft

The Draft Decree provides amendments and supplements to a number of articles of Decree No. 89/2006/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government on labeling of goods.

Some notable contents of the Draft Decree providing amendments and supplements to a number of articles of Decree No. 89/2006/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government are as follows:

- Supplementing: “Smuggled goods confiscated and auctioned” is an object that is not regulated by the Decree on labeling of goods.

- Amending: “Date of manufacture” means the point of time by which the final phase of goods or batch is completed.

- Amending: “Expiry date” means the date which signifies the end of the estimated period, after which the goods or the batch of goods probably will not have the quality attributes normally expected; and ensure safety under the storage conditions indicated on the label according to the manufacturer's instructions.

- Annulling: Regulation on “origin of goods”.

- Supplementing: "Goods that are imported components to replace damaged components in genuine goods warranty repair services, not for trading purposes" are not required to be labeled.

The Draft Decree also amends “Compulsory contents which must be shown on goods labels” of certain goods specified in Decree No. 89/2006/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government. Among them are notable goods as follows:

- Glasses;

- Wet wipes, toothbrushes, diapers, tampons, masks, cotton pads, condoms, etc. (personal care product group);

- Tools and materials for food packaging.

In particular, the draft also specifically stipulates that labels of goods divided, graded, loaded, repacked must indicate the date of division, extraction, loading, repacking and the expiry date must be counted from the date of manufacture on the original label. Thus, any types of goods, such as imported cosmetics, will be forced to add the date of extraction and repacking in Vietnam (if any).

The Draft on labeling of goods also requires stricter requirements for goods labeled as "made by the firm" (Example: Made by Nokia) must be accompanied by the name of the country or territory producing the goods.

Full text of the Draft on amendments and supplements to a number of articles of Decree No. 89/2006/NĐ-CP of Vietnam’s Government on labeling of goods.

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