Food supplements: guidance and FAQs

These documents contain guidance for the use and labeling of food supplements in England.


The responsibility for legislation on food supplements in England transferred from the Food Standards Agency to the Department Health on 1 October 2010. These guidance and summary documents have been updated to reflect this change and update references.

The changes to the presentation of the documents do not represent a revision in the approach to guidance on the legislation.

These documents are aimed at all food businesses that manufacturer, process, distribute, use, sell or import food supplements, and offer a quick guide to the compositional and labeling rules that apply to these products.

Businesses seeking advice on the labeling of individual products should contact their local Trading Standards or Environmental Health Office.  Details of your nearest office can be found using this on-line search engine: