As of 20 July 2016, foods marketed for sportspeople are classified based on their content, formulation and purpose of use as
- fortified foods (e.g. sports nutrition powders, bars, drinks fortified with vitamins and minerals)
- food supplements (e.g. tablets, capsules, powders consumed in small unit quantities)
The manufacturer or the importer of the food shall verify that their product meets the requirements laid down in legislation.
- Labelling shall comply with the Food Information Regulation.
- Only authorised nutrition and health claims referred to in Claim Regulations may be used in marketing.
- If vitamins or minerals are added in the product, the requirements of the Fortification Regulation shall be complied with.
- In some cases, the Food Supplement Regulation may be applicable to the products.
As a result of the amendment of legislation, the labelling of sports nutrition products needs to be reformed. Changes may also be required in the composition. As of 20 July 2016, the products placed on the market or manufactured shall meet the aforementioned requirements. Products placed on the market or labelled before that may continue to be marketed until stocks of such food are exhausted.