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Preliminary examination of commercial information material regarding infant feeding

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

According to a decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, all commercial information material regarding infant feeding must be pre-approved by the National Institute for Health and Welfare. The National Institute for Health and Welfare verifies that the benefits of breastfeeding are presented in the material and that the information meets the requirements and spirit of the decree.

To promote breastfeeding, health care professionals that work with families with babies must use material that corresponds to the given recommendations. The directive requires that families and others who deal with the nutrition of infants and small children must receive consistent and objective information regarding the nutrition of small children.

Do the following

Before submitting the material to the National Institute for Health and Welfare, the creator of the material in question must evaluate how well the material fulfils the requirements set in the decree 267/2010 of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The creator attaches the completed self-evaluation to their application.

Further instructions for the application are listed on the website.

To whom and on what terms

If commercial material contains descriptions or instructions about breastfeeding, feeding, food habits or nutrition in general, the material is considered informative and must be pre-approved by the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

A fee is charged for the service.

Further payment details are listed on the website.

Basic information

The service is provided byThe National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Responsible for the serviceThe National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Updated: 4/28/2020