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.


Saudi forum to be held on safety, health at work

Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi forum to be held on safety, health at work

  • The two-day forum begins on April 28
  • Papers will be presented at the forum on government legislation and its impact on the reduction of industrial accidents

RIYADH: A two-day national forum in Saudi Arabia for occupational safety and health is to be hosted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Riyadh this month to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The two-day forum, which begins on April 28, targets occupation safety and health experts, employers and staff in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

It aims to spread awareness of preventing problems to enhance health and safety at work. 

It will look at ways of raising awareness of the importance of health and safety at work, increasing the attractiveness of workplace, spreading a precautionary culture and developing national legislation in the field. AN, Riyadh

Papers will be presented at the forum on government legislation and its impact on the reduction of industrial accidents, safety in medical facilities and how best international practices can play a role in developing the safety regulations at work.

This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which is also known as the ‘Safe Day’ and the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL), coincide on April 28 in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labor.

The campaign to foster public awareness aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030, and ending all forms of child labor by 2025.

The 2018 campaign highlights the critical importance of addressing these challenges and improving safety and health for young workers, not only to promote decent employment, but also to combat child labor in different parts of the world.