Journal of Clinical Pediatrics ›› 2024, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (2): 93-95.doi: 10.12372/jcp.2024.24e0002

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Development history of food for special medical purpose in China

FENG Yi1, CAI Wei2,3,4()   

  1. 1. Department of Clinical Nutrition, Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School
    2. Department of Pediatric Surgery, Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School
    3. Medical Food Laboratory, Shanghai Institute for Pediatric Research
    4. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Shanghai 200092, China
  • Received:2024-01-08 Online:2024-02-15 Published:2024-02-02


Food for special medical purpose (FSMP) has undergone significant development in China. This paper provides an overview of the evolution of China’s special medical food industry, including its journey from its inception to independent research and development. Furthermore, it discusses the progress made in clinical application, product types, research and development capabilities, as well as regulation and standard management. The challenges and opportunities faced by the special medical food industry in China are also explored. As the domestic and international markets continue to expand and technology advances, FSMP will increasingly play a crucial role in the field of clinical nutrition therapy.

Key words: food for special medical purpose, clinical nutrition, regulatory standards