Saudi Food and Drug Authority: No VAT on human medicines, vitamins, and registered medical equipment

Updated 03 January 2018
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Saudi Food and Drug Authority: No VAT on human medicines, vitamins, and registered medical equipment

RIYADH: The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) said that the VAT will not be applied on human medicines, vitamins, and registered medical devices and products.

Abdul Rahman Al-Sultan, pharmacist and director of the SFDA’s department of pharmaceutical information and awareness, said that the FDA is closely monitoring companies and pharmacies to make sure they do not implement the VAT on the human medicines, vitamins and registered medical devices and products.

He called upon consumers to inform the General Authority for Zakat and Income Tax (GAZT) on 19993 or the application “VAT” about any company or pharmacy that is not committed to this policy.

Al-Sultan noted that consumers can visit the website https://www.sfda.gov.sa/ar/drug/search/Pages/default.aspx to see the list of medicines and medical products excluded from VAT, and the website https://mdma.sfda.gov.sa/ListedProducts.aspx to see the list of medical devices which are excluded from the VAT.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

  • The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.