Food supplements "are foodstuffs intended to complement and/or supplement the normal diet scheme and that are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination, marketed in dose form and intended to be taken in reduced amount measured units" (defined by Decree-Law No. 136/2003, of 28 June).
The requirements for placing food supplements on the market do not include a safety assessment, as happens with medicinal products. Therefore, the collection of information on adverse reactions is of utmost importance at the food safety level and, therefore, for protection of public health.
How to report?
Food supplements are in the Direcção-Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária (DGAV) area of competence.
Whenever a user or healthcare professional suspects/becomes aware of an adverse reaction related with food supplements of the TECNIMEDE GROUP, this should be reported to:
- TECNIMEDE GROUP, or
- Direção-Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária (DGAV) by filling a Form for Adverse Reactions Reporting provided by the DGAV in its portal, which should be sent preferably by computer to the address of the Direcção de Serviços de Nutrição e Alimentação (DSNA) of the DGAV (firstname.lastname@example.org).