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Obtaining a License to Operate and Registering a Product for COVID-19 products

Normally, obtaining a License to Operate (LTO) and a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) takes quite some time. However, FDA released Circular No. 2020-024 which prioritizes COVID-19 related companies and products. In particular, priority shall be given to establishments with function intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, prevention, and personal protective equipment (PPE) of COVID-19, and essential medicine. So, from the regular 2 to 3 months in obtaining a LTO, you may get it in 1 month. From the normal 12 months (minimum turn around time) in getting a...

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Selling Food, Drugs, Cosmetics, and Medical Devices in the Philippines

A lot of Filipinos and foreigners alike would like to sell food, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices in the Philippines. However, one cannot just engage in this business without a license from the Philippine government. The government agency in charge of issuing licenses to businesses who would like to engage in the business of selling these regulated items is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines. Here's a quick procedure in a nutshell: First, you need to get a License to Operate from FDA. Because of the volume of applications received by FDA, this process normally takes between three months, but...

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How a Foreigner Can Engage in Philippine Retail Trade

Retail trade is the act, occupation or calling of habitually selling direct to the general public merchandise, commodities or goods for consumption.  Under Philippine laws, retail trade is generally reserved to Filipinos and corporations wholly owned by Filipinos, except in the following instances: Sales of manufacturer, processor, laborer, or worker, to the general public, the products manufactured, processed or produced by him if his capital does not exceed P100,000; Sales through a single outlet owned by a manufacturer of products manufactured, processed or assembled in the Philippines, irrespective of capitalization Sales by farmers selling their own products; Sales in restaurant operations by  hotel...

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