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Genetically Modified Microorganism Food Additive Registration in China

In the past, except for registration of new enzymes produced by genetically modified microorganisms (GMMs), other registrations of new food additives or food raw materials produced by GMMs are unacceptable by National Health Commission (NHC) in China, which means, these new food ingredients have no chance to enter the Chinese market as a food additive or food raw material. In the year of 2021, NHC opened the application channel for GMM food additives.

For example, human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which attracted much attention in recent years, are generally produced by GMMs. In the second half of 2021 alone, NHC have accepted the application of three HMO products.

Who Can Be the Applicant (the Certificate Owner) for Registration?

Any company can be the applicant for a GMM food additive.

Regulatory Authorities

Compared with other common food additives, the application of GMM food additives is more complicated and shall be evaluated by two authorities, namely,

1) Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA) is responsible for the safety assessment of genetically modified microorganism.

2) National Health Commission of China (NHC) is responsible for the review and approval of the food additive produced by the GMM.

3) National Health Commission of China (NHC) is responsible for the acceptance of the safety evaluation materials of GMM and application dossiers of food additive.

Registration Procedures of GMM Food Additives


*CFSA refers to China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, which works for NHC.

Our Services

CIRS China fulfils all the qualifications and requirements of being a local Chinese agent (registered capital, expertise, etc.). Our experience in GMM food additives registration is at the forefront of the industry. We provide all the necessary services in one package to complete registration at the most competitive price in the market.

Our services include:

Registration Feasibility Analysis

  • Research on the information of official approvals and usage of the new food additive at home and abroad
  • Preparation of a GMM food additive registration proposal

GMM Food Additive Registration

  • Data evaluation and data gap analysis
  • Writing testing proposal, sending sample to certified labs
  • Translation and notarization of certifying documents
  • Dossier preparation and submission
  • Tracking the registration status and communication with MARA and NHC