THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH – THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT - THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE

Joint Circular No. 13/2014/TTLT-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT dated April 09, 2014 of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade allocation of tasks and cooperation among regulatory agencies in food safety management
Pursuant to the Law of Food safety dated June 17, 2010;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 38/2012/ND-CP dated April 25, 2012, detailing the implementation of some articles of the Law of Food safety;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 63/2012/ND-CP dated August 31, 2012 defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Health;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 199/2013/ND-CP dated November 26, 2013 defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 95/2012/ND-CP dated November 12, 2012, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Industry and Trade;
At the request of the Director of Vietnam Food Administration - The Ministry of Health, the Director of National Agro - Forestry - Fisheries Quality Assurance Department - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Director or Science and Technology Department - The Ministry of Industry and Trade;
The Minister of Health, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, and the Minister of Industry and Trade promulgates a Circular on allocation of tasks and cooperation among regulatory agencies in food safety management.
Chapter 1.
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Scope of adjustment
This Circular deals with:
1. The allocation of tasks and cooperation among regulatory agencies in food safety management.
2. Cooperation in food safety inspection.
3. Validation of knowledge of food safety.
Article 2. Subjects of application
This Circular is applied to:
1. Regulatory agencies in charge of food safety.
2. The organizations and individuals (hereinafter referred to as entities) that manufacture and/or sell food within Vietnam’s territory.
3. Relevant entities.
Chapter 2.
ALLOCATION OF TASKS AND COOPERATION AMONG REGULATORY AGENCIES IN FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Article 3. Rules for allocation of tasks and cooperation among regulatory agencies in food safety management
1. Each product, each manufacturing facility or trading facility is under the management of only one regulatory agency.
2. Food safety management tasks of regulatory agencies shall be performed in accordance with the lists in the Appendices enclosed with this Circular.
3. If a facility manufactures multiple types of foods that are under the management of two Ministries or more, one of which is the Ministry of Health, it shall be under the management of the Ministry of Health.
4. If a facility manufactures multiple types of foods that are under the management of both the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, it shall be under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
5. Facilities that sell multiple types of foods that are under the management of two Ministries or more (including markets and supermarkets) shall be under the management of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, except for wholesale markets for agricultural products, which are under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.