We manufacture hairdressing products. I have been told that in order to sell products to Israel we have to have an independent report or certificate of GMP. Is this correct?

Question posted by John Malone, on behalf of Excel (GS) Ltd in NN11

I have had enquiries from Israel about my products and have been told that each product has to be registered with all the ingredients etc. but it is the first time I have come across this GMP requirement.

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Jennie Rich, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment in SW1H.

Dear John,

Thank you for your question.

I have contacted my UKTI colleagues in Tel Aviv for a response.

In the meantime, the Export Control Organisation might be able to point you in the right direction. https://www.gov.uk/about-the-export-control-organisation

Regards,

Jennie Rich

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David Eales, on behalf of Excel Shipping Limited in Hornchurch.

Dear John

We operate a weekly service to Israel and checked with our agents in Israel who advised that for local customs purposes there the certificate for GMP is not required. The importer buying the goods should be aware of what they need or our agents can guide them if you would like to pass details to me for me to pass on. If you prefer i can give you our agents details and you can pass them onto the Importer.

If we can help you with rates for mocing the shipments please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards
Dave Eales e mail davide@excelshipping.com
Excel Shipping Limited
Tel 01708 515151
www.excelshipping.com

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Dear John,

I searched the Procedures and Formalities section on the Market Access Database (http://madb.europa.eu/) for you. It is a good website which tells you about import duties and any special paperwork needed when sending goods outside the EU. I choose Israel and searched on "Shampoo".

This did indeed show a requirement for a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certificate to clear customs. It also gave contact details for the responsible body for pharmaceutical products and cosmetics - the Ministry of Health, Pharmaceutical Administration, 29 Rivka Street, P.O. Box 1176, IL-91010 Jerusalem, phone numbers: +972 2 5681200, 5681392, 5681352, fax numbers: +972 2 6725820, 6725827

You (or perhaps your customer in Israel) should contact them first - detailing the product (ingredients, cosmetic or medicinal aspects etc) and confirm that a GMP certificate really will be required to enter the country.

IF a GMP certificate is needed you should contact MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) here in the UK. They do inspections and provide certificates. I'd contact the Borderlines Team in the first instance 020 3080 6759. (Borderline team determines whether a product is medicinal or not).

Lastly, the MHRA inspections needed to gain a GMP certificate can be costly (£thousands not hundreds). There can be financial help with the preparation work needed to pass an inspection and the Manufacturing Advisory Service are your first port of call regards that. See this webpage in relation to that -
http://www.mymas.org/news/involved-in-the-cosmetics-industry-comply-with-gmp-by-july-13

Kind regards,

Steve

Stephen Belshaw
Export Development Adviser,
UKTI East Midlands
0845 052 4001

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Dear John

Thank you for your question. Please could you let me have the customs classification codes for your hairdressing products and I shall then be able to put your question to the local authorities. Regards, Margaret

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Dear John, thank you for your patience. I have been informed by the Head of the Import, Customs and Standards division at the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce that the requirement for the import of goods to Israel from the UK under customs classification code 33.05.9000 is an import licence for cosmetics from the Israeli Ministry of Health. If the product is AEROSOL, a standard permission from The Standards Institute of Israel is also required. My contact is not aware of the need for an independent report or GMP certificate.
If you would like us to take this further, we would be more that happy to have a telephone discussion with your local representative to further clarify this matter. Please let me know.
Thank you, Margaret

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