European Sanitary Registration

It is the sanitary authorization granted to a company, whether it is a natural or legal person, for a food establishment, after compliance with the hygienic-sanitary conditions in force. It is mandatory prior to the start of its activities.

Hygienic-sanitary inspections are carried out to verify the operating, infrastructure, production, fractioning and storage conditions in food establishments in order to verify compliance with the Mercosur Technical Regulation on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which establishes the minimum requirements for the production/handling of safe food.

The change of a company’s corporate name is done by amending its bylaws, by virtue of which the type of company under which it was created is modified. For example: a company decides to cease to be a Limited Liability Company (S.R.L.) and become a Public Limited Company (S.A.).

A change of name may also occur. This must also be done by statutory modification and allows the change of the name by which the company is designated, without changing the corporate name.

When is a Health Registration required?

Any change in the food activity of the company must be communicated to the Sanitary Registry. Thus, for example, a company that sells food supplements must be registered in the Health Registry as a distributor (with or without a warehouse) under code 26.

Which companies are required to have a Health Registration?

Which companies are obliged to process the Sanitary Registration? Companies that produce, store, handle, transport and/or simply market food to third parties (other than the final consumer) must register in the General Register.

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How to register a food product?

Steps to follow

In order to register an Establishment or Product, you must

Aecosan sanitary registrations

The companies that in the same premises, elaborate, pack, store, serve and in its case sell prepared meals directly to the final consumer with or without home delivery are excluded from the obligation of the inscription in the Sanitary Registry of Food. If the company performs catering services to collectivities, it must apply for the sanitary registration.

Yes, they must also have a HACCP self-control system and will be inspected by the Health Department with certain frequency. Caterers without their own facilities must also register and implement a HACCP adapted to events.

Bakeries or companies that prepare food directly for the final consumer cannot and should not register in the General Register. However, it is frequent that wholesale sales to restaurants, hotels, collectivities, etc. are emerging. In this case, the legislation establishes that as long as these wholesale sales are marginal (for example, less than 90%) and at a local level, it is not necessary to apply for sanitary registration. If they are no longer marginal, they must be registered.

What is the Sanitary Registration of food?

What is a Sanitary Registration? It is the document issued by the corresponding health authority (Invima), which authorizes a natural or legal person to manufacture, package and import a food for human consumption.

What happens if a product does not have a Health Registration?

(Sanitary Registration). If the product does not contain this information, it can cause intoxications and stomach diseases. Minsa experts pointed out that in addition to the Health Registration, the population should verify that the products have a current expiration date stated on the product.

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What happens if I don’t have a Health Registration?

The government is demanding the registration in the sanitary registry of a large number of companies in the sector. Those that do not comply with this obligation are considered irregular or clandestine and risk being shut down by the authorities.


INVIMA, the National Institute for Drug and Food Surveillance, is a technical-scientific surveillance and control entity, which works for the protection of the individual and collective health of Colombians, through the application of sanitary regulations associated with the consumption and use of food, drugs, medical devices and other products subject to sanitary surveillance.

It is the document issued by the corresponding sanitary authority (Invima), through which a natural or legal person is authorized to manufacture, pack and import a food for human consumption.

It is the document issued by Invima, by which a micro-entrepreneur is authorized to manufacture and sell food for human consumption in the national territory with its exceptions (Exceptions: Meats, their products and their preparations, milk in all its varieties, milk cream, butter, fresh and mature cheeses, oils or butter fats, mayonnaise and egg-based prepared products, canned, precooked and frozen meals of animal origin, bottled water and baby food).

Who needs a sanitary resolution?

Companies or individuals wishing to install establishments that produce, process, preserve, pack, store, distribute and/or dispense food or food additives.

How do I know if I have a sanitary registration?

Check the company behind a sanitary registration

The AECOSAN website has a complete search engine for sanitary registrations and their companies through their company name or registration number (

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How is the RNE obtained?

In order to process the RNE, the applicant must submit a Note explaining the reason for processing and complete the corresponding form IN TRIPLICATE. In addition

Sanitary Registration Guide

The best and greatest attribute of the Food Safety Law is the creation of a coordination instrument which is the Permanent Multisectoral Commission for Food Safety (COMPIAL), constituted by the Ministry of Health, who presides it, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Production, and which is attached to the Ministry of Health. The COMPIAL has an operating regulation and is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the application of the Law at the different levels of government, as well as coordinating with consumers and the different economic agents involved in any of the stages of the food chain.

By Rachel Robison

Rachel Robison is a blogger who collects information on court filings and notices.