Mexico

Policy

There is a national policy on TM/CAM which was introduced in 2001 and during that time too an expert committee was established with a goal of defining the laws, regulations, policy and practice of botanical medicines.  This office is part of the Ministry of Health.  Official guidelines are being developed.

Contact

Food Health Regulations
Donceles No. 39 P.B.                     
06010 Mexico, DF                        

Tel:(52-5) 521-3050 

Ministry of Health 
Website:http://www.salud.gob.mx/

 

Laws & Regulations

Most natural products including health foods are regulated as drugs/medicines.  These regulations which were instituted in 1994 covers vitamins, minerals, nutraceuticals, functional foods and botanicals are enforced by the Mexican Health Ministry and the Treasury Department.  There are no regulations specific to claims made on nutritional products.

Botanicals are regulated as prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements and health foods.  Structure/function claims may be made along with health claims and medical claims, depending upon the category into which the specific botanical preparation falls.  The national pharmacopoeia remains a legally binding document.

There is a post marketing surveillance system in place which tracks adverse events.

There is a national policy on TM/CAM which was introduced in 2001 at which time an expert committee was established with a goal of defining the laws, regulations, policy and practice of botanical medicines.

Contact

Ministry of Health                     

http://www.salud.gob.mx/

lFood Health Regulations              
Donceles No. 39 P.B.                     
06010 Mexico, DF                        

Tel: (52-5) 521-3050