The National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan or “BPOM”) issued its Regulation No. 8 of 2020 dated April 7, 2020 on the Supervision of Drugs and Food Distributed Online (“BPOM Reg. 8/2020”) as an implementing regulation as referred to in Article 35 paragraph (3) of Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 dated October 10, 2019 on the Organization of Electronic Systems and Transactions.

As mandated under Presidential Regulation No. 80 of 2017 dated August 9, 2017, on the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM), BPOM is authorized to supervise food and drugs in Indonesia. Through the BPOM Reg. 8/2020, BPOM intends to protect consumers from the risk of unsafe food and drugs that may be available in the online market.

Previously, on October 17, 2019, BPOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (idEA) and several online marketplace platforms (Bukalapak, Tokopedia, Gojek, Grab, Klikdokter, and Halodoc) to cooperate in the supervision, delivery, and marketing of food and drugs. BPOM Reg. 8/2020 is the first regulation to provide comprehensive provisions on the supervision of food and drugs that are accessible online.

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