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Administrative Measure on Product Formula Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder

Infant formula milk powder has been highly concerned by government and society, and the quality control and supervision by Chinese government become stricter in recent years. The Food Safety Law of China (2015 version) stipulates that the formula of infant milk powder should be registered under CFDA.

Since January 1 2018, all infant formula milk powder products produced in China or imported to China shall get the registration certificate with CFDA, and indicate the registration number on the label and instruction book (Products that produced before January 1, 2018  can still be on market till expire date).

Classification of Infant Formula Milk Powder

The infant formula milk powder refers to the powder product that mainly made from milk, milk powder, milk protein products, etc., added with appropriate vitamins, minerals, etc., produced by physical method, and suitable for normal infants. There are 3 classifications of infant formula milk powder in China, namely,

  • Infant formula milk powder (0-6 months, stage 1)

  • Older infant formula milk powder (6-12 months, stage 2)

  • Young children formula milk powder (13-36 months, stage 3)

Laws, Regulations and National Standards

Laws and Regulations

Issued Date

Implemented Date

Food Safety Law of The People’s Republic of China (2015 version)



Administrative Measure on Product Formula Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder



Dossier and Requirements of Infant Formula Milk Powder Formula Registration (trial) (2017 revision)



Technical Guidelines on Labelling of Infant Formula Milk Powder Formula Registration (trial)



On-site Inspection Key Points and Judgment Principles on Infant Formula Milk Powder Formula Registration (trial)



GB 13432-2013 General Rules for Labeling of Prepackaged Food for Special Dietary Uses



GB 10765-2010 Infant Formula



GB 10767-2010 Older Infants and Young Children Formula






Applicant Qualification

No matter for domestic or imported infant formula milk powder products, the applicants shall be actual manufacturers who have production capacity

Note: The overseas applicants shall get the overseas manufacturer registration under Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) as well, before importing the products to China.

Registration Quantities for One Company

  • There are at most 3 series and 9 kinds of formulas for one company in principle (a series of formulas include infant formula for stage 1, infant formula for stage 2, and infant formula for stage 3);

  • There should be significant differences among three formulas for the same stage;

  • One wholly-owned subsidiary who has got the formula registration license and production license is allowed to produce the registered product from another wholly-owned subsidiary in the same group company.

Registration Procedures


Dossier Requirements

  • Application form

  • Subject qualification certifications of the applicant

  • Raw material quality and safety standards

  • Product formula

  • Product formula R&D report

  • Production process description

  • Product test reports

  • Evidentiary materials on production capacity, R&D capacity and inspection capacity

  • Samples of label and specification and related certificates

Test Items

Test items

Batch amount

Sample requirement

Tests of all items listed in GB 10765 or 10767 and relevant laws and regulations

3 batches

(at least one batch from commercial production line)

Finished product

Other tests if necessary



Our Services

CIRS is providing one-stop services of China food regulatory compliance. For infant formula, we offer the following services:

1. Training on Infant Food Regulation

2. Infant Food Regulation Update Monitoring

3. Infant Formula Milk Powder Registration

4. Single Technology Services

  • Infant Formula Milk Powder Formula Review

  • Test Arrange and Monitoring

  • Chinese Label Compliance Services

  • Other Customized Services


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