ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

Thứ Hai, 23 tháng 5, 2016

PATENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURES IN VIETNAM

ANT Lawyers is a patent law firm in Vietnam that can assist client in the patent registration process and other patent relating issues.

Time and procedures for patent registration:
+ The time for form evaluation: 01 months from the date of receipt;
+ The time to publish the application: 18 months from the priority date or the 2nd month after receiving the request for content evaluation;
+ The time for content evaluation: 12 months after receiving the request for content evaluation or the date of publication
+ The time for patent protection is 20 years, for the patent for utility solution is 10 years.
Profile includes:
+ Declaration (02 sheets according to form);
+ Description (02 sheets, including drawings, if any);
+ Request for protection (02 sheets);
+ Relevant documents (if any);
+ Receipt of fees and charges.
Patent registration requirements:
1.Organizations and individuals that meet the following conditions may register for patent:
+ The author created the patent by his efforts and expenses;
+ Organizations and individuals investing in fund and material for the author in the form of contract work, unless the parties have other agreements and that agreements are not contrary to the provisions of law;
+ The case that many organizations and individuals working together to create or invest to create the invention, that organizations and individuals all have the right to register for patent and the registration will be implemented only if all organizations and individuals agree;
+ The case that the invention was created by using the technical facilities and expenses from state budget:
+ The case that the invention was created on the basis of entire state investment funds and technical facilities, the patent registration right belongs to the State. Organizations and state agencies are empowered as investor, representing State to exercise the right to register for patent;
+ The case that the invention was created on the basis of State contributes capitals which are funds and technical facilities, part of the patent registration right corresponding to the proportion of capital contribution will belong to the State. Organizations and Government agencies that are representatives of the State capital will be responsible for implementing the State’s patent registration right;
+ The case that the invention was created on the basis of research and development collaboration between state organizations, agencies and other organizations, individuals, if the cooperation agreement has no other provisions, part of the patent registration right corresponding to the proportion of capital contribution will belong to the State. State organizations and agencies participating in the research and development process will be responsible for implementing the State’s patent registration right.
2. To be granted the patent registration, the applicant must meet the following requirements: new; creative and capable of industrial application.


3. To be granted the patent protection/utility solution, the applicant must meet the following requirements: new and capable of industrial application.

TOP 10 CHALLENGES OF DOING BUSINESS IN VIETNAM

Expanding gross domestic product (GDP), modern infrastructure and a dramatic increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) are signs that Vietnam has transformed into an attractive investment destination, but there are still barriers to doing business which are best navigated with local help on board.

Since 1988, there have been 13,544 foreign investment projects with a total registered capital of US$213 billion in Vietnam, building a large overseas investment sector which occupies about 17% of GDP and 43.4% of industrial product value. Overseas firms are attracted by Vietnam’s 87 million-strong population which supports a large and young workforce and that has also seen an increase in disposable income in recent years.
Strong economic growth rates have been a common feature of the Vietnamese economy since the 1990s, and even though the high levels slumped slightly during the global financial crisis, the country has rapidly returned to pre-crisis growth trends and is expected to continue on this path. Infrastructure, tourism development, and related real estate and retail sector development in urban areas are all attracting large amounts of FDI, and overseas firms are increasingly attracted by the country’s move from a centralized to a market-orientated economy.
However, The World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) rank Vietnam in 99th place in the world for ease of doing business, which means it is essential to seek local help of law firms and lawyers in Vietnam when expanding into the country.
Starting a Business
There are 10 procedures to undertake when starting a business in Vietnam, making it among the most complex start-up environments in the world. What’s more, many tasks facing new corporate entities may be unfamiliar to overseas companies, making the task far more rigorous. Registration of the seal-sample at the State Agency, for example, or publicly announcing the formation in a local newspaper are procedures most companies generally don’t have to complete.
Dealing with Construction Permits
It takes 110 days and 11 procedures to get permits for construction in Vietnam, once again requiring interaction with several official departments. Inspections must be carried out by the Department of Construction and the municipality, and certificates should be obtained from the Firefighters Prevention Department, the Department of Construction and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Getting Electricity
Getting electrical connection is among the most rigorous tasks facing startups in Vietnam, taking 115 days to complete and costing a significant percentage of income per capita. Inspections by the local power corporation are required before completing processes with the Traffic and Transport Department and the Firefighters Prevention Department.
Registering Property
Registering property in Vietnam takes 57 days to complete, which is far higher than the OECD norm but around average for East Asia and Pacific. Contracts between the transferor and the transferee are signed before taxation is paid and registration for the right to use land is complete.
Getting Credit
Vietnam is home to quite a stable credit environment, and obtaining capital is a relatively smooth process for businesses. However, the lack of a private credit bureau can make the process a little trickier for overseas firms.
Protecting Investors
Investor protection is an area in which Vietnam needs to improve. It is ranked in 169th place by the World Bank and IFC, with a weak director liability index and shareholder suits index.
There are massive 32 corporate tax payments to be made each year which takes an average of 872 company hours to complete. Compared to the OECD norm of 176 and the East Asia and Pacific average of 209, taxation is one of the most burdensome processes of doing business in Vietnam.
Given its strong manufacturing base and reliance on interconnectivity, trading across borders is a cheap endeavour. However, that isn’t to say the process is not complicated, and the stream of documentation required for both importing and exporting highlights that cross-border trade can be difficult at the best of times.
Enforcing Contracts and Resolving Insolvency
Enforcing contracts takes 400 days to complete and 34 procedures. Resolving insolvency is a far more laborious process, taking five years on average to complete and with a low recovery rate.
Culture
The Vietnamese believe in the teachings of the early Chinese philosopher Confucius which emphasize the importance of relationships, responsibility and obligation. Vietnam is also a collectivist country and community concerns will almost always come before business or individual needs.
ANT Lawyers
We have the local knowledge to help you navigate these minefields. Whether you want to set up in Vietnam or just want to streamline your Vietnamese operations, we could assist.

REPORT THE DEMAND TO USE FOREIGN WORKERS IN VIETNAM

In order to manage the usage of foreign workers in Vietnam, the Vietnam state authority has requested employers to provide explanation for such need to use foreign workers.


This will be the preliminary procedure before applying for work permit in Vietnam then temporary residence card in Vietnam for foreigners.  The report of demand to use of foreign workers has to meet the following requirements:
Demand to use foreign workers: The employer (except contractors) is responsible for determining the demand to use foreign employees for each position that the Vietnamese employee has not met the requirement and submit written explanation. In case the employer is a contractor, in the bidding documents, it is required to declare the number, qualifications, professional competence and experience of foreign workers mobilized to implement bidding packages.
Recipient: Chairman of People’s Committees of provinces and cities under central authority (hereinafter referred to as the provincial People’s Committee) where the employer is headquartered.
Periodic notification period: Every year, the employer (except contractor) is responsible for determining the demand to use foreign employees for explanation.
The period of notice for the first time: Before at least 30 days from the date the employer (except contractor) plans to recruit foreign employees, the employer must report explanations as provided in Paragraph 1 Article 4 of Decree No. 102/2013 / ND-CP on the demand to use foreign workers, including work position, number, qualifications, experience, salary, working hours and submit directly to the Department of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs of provinces and cities under central authority (hereinafter referred to as the Department of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs) where the employer is headquartered.
The period of notice the adjustment: The employer whom is approved to use foreign employees, that have changes in the demand for foreign workers, has to directly submit the report explaining the adjustment and supplementation at least 30 days before the expected day for new recruitment, additional recruitment or recruitment to replace foreign workers with the Department of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs where the employer is headquartered.
ANT Lawyers will be available to assist the clients when required dealing with the employment matters for foreign workers in Vietnam.
For advice or service request, please contact us via email ant@antlawyers.vn, or call +84 8 3520 2779.  To learn more about us, please visit www.antlawyers.vn.  
ANT Lawyers is a Vietnam law firm with international standards, recognized by IFLR1000 on Financial and Corporate practice.  We are an exclusive Vietnam member of Prae Legal, the global law firm network covering more than 150 jurisdictions.  The firm provides a range of legal services as following to multinational and domestic clients.

WHICH AUTHORITY APPROVES BUSINESS SETTING UP IN VIETNAM?

Investment projects in Vietnam could be evaluated and approved for business setting-up at top level of the government, at ministerial levels or at the provincial levels.
The licensing authorities for business setting up in Vietnam has been divided to distribute workloads at different state agencies with aim to speed up the process and attract more quality investment projects in Vietnam.

In practice, the process for establishing companies or executing investment projects in Vietnam would take from one month for simple project, three to six month for areas categorized under conditional investment areas, requiring sub-licenses, or additional time for more complicated projects.  At the provincial levels, there might be inconsistency between cities and provinces due to different interpretation of laws.  For investment project with difficulty to manage, the provincial levels would need to consult with technical department of central government agencies, as such the time taken to process the investment certificate would be lengthen.
Understanding the mechanism and the work division of Vietnam authorities that evaluate and approve business licensing at different government agencies would help foreign investors to smoothen the process and improve their experience in Vietnam.
It is notable that, the government level will be focusing on significant projects, in special area at large investment capital with impact on social economic situations.  Most of the investment licensing procedures will be carried out at the provincial levels where the investment projects exist.
The following will point out directions for foreigners to approach respective agencies based on the particular area of interests, scale, and nature of the investment.  However, to avoid delay and increase effectiveness, it is advisable that the foreign clients would consult with Vietnam law firms to help advise and represent them in preparing and executing the investment in Vietnam.
I. Projects evaluated and granted investment licensing at government level
Depending on the business nature, industry sector, investment scale, and investment policy, the Vietnam Prime Minister, on behalf of the government will evaluate and approve investment licensing for setting up business.
1. The investment project in Vietnam the government will evaluate and approve regardless of funding, the scale of investment are in the following areas:
a) Development and commercialization of airports and air transport;
b) Development and commercialization of national port;
c) Exploration, mining and processing of oil and gas; exploration and exploitation of minerals;
d) Radio, television;
e) Casino;
f) Production of cigarettes;
g) Establishment of university level educational institute;
h) Establishment of industrial zones, export processing zones, high-tech zones and economic zones.
2. Although investment projects which do not fall under the cases listed above, but the government of Vietnam also evaluates and approves investment project with investment capital of VND 1,500 billion (around USD 75 mil) upwards regardless of funding and in the following areas:
a) Sales of electricity, mineral processing, metallurgical;
b) Construction of railway infrastructure, roads, inland waterways;
c) Production, sales of wine and beer.
3. Further, the government of Vietnam also evaluates and approve investment projects with foreign investment in the following areas:
a) Maritime transport;
b) Establishment of networks and provision of postal services, courier, telecommunication and internet; network setup and signal transmission;
c) Printing and distribution of newspapers; publication;
d) Establishment of independent scientific research.
4. Where the investment projects specified in the above cases are in the plan which the Prime Minister has approved or authorized other agencies to approve, and that the investment projects meet the conditions prescribed by law and treaties to which Vietnam Nam is a member, the agency granted investment certificates perform the procedure for issuance of investment certificates is not required to submit to the Prime Minister to decide on the investment policy.
5. Where the investment projects specified in the above case is not in the plan which has been approved by the Vietnam Prime Minister or authorized other agency to approve, and that the projects do not meet the conditions for market access provisions in international treaties which Vietnam is a member, the agency granted investment certificates shall consult with other of relevant industries and submit to the Prime Minister for investment policy decision.
II. Projects evaluated and granted investment licensing at ministerial level
1. The Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment shall evaluate and approve licensing for investment projects in the form of BOT, BTO, BT.
2. Other ministries will be evaluating and granting license for investment in some sectors.
a.Vietnam Ministry of Commerce and Industry shall evaluate and approve licensing for investment project in oil and gas sector;
b. Vietnam State Bank shall grant licensing for financial institutions;
c. Vietnam Ministry of Finance shall be responsible for issuing license for investment project of insurance business.
III. Projects evaluated and granted investment licensing at provincial levels
1. Department of Planning and Investment shall be the single point of contact that receive the application and evaluate the investment plan of the foreign investors wishing to establish business in Vietnam for projects
a. Outside of Industrial Zone, Industrial Processing Zone;
b. Infrastructure development project for Industrial Zone, Industrial Processing Zone which management board of industrial zone and industrial processing zone are not yet established.
2. The management board of Industrial Zone, and Industrial Processing Zone:
a. For investment projects within the Industrial Zone, and Industrial Processing Zone which are not under the authority of the Prime Minister;
b. Infrastructure development project to for industrial zone and industrial processing zone.

Thứ Ba, 17 tháng 5, 2016

HOW TO SET-UP TRAVEL SERVICES BUSINESS IN VIETNAM

Foreign investor could only set-up joint venture with Vietnam travel agency to set-up travel services business in Vietnam because transport of passenger belongs to investment areas with conditions applied to foreign investor inVietnam.

Travel Services Business
Travel Services Business in Vietnam
No one could deny that information technology has tremendously changed the way travel services business operates.  The use of booking reservation system application on smartphone and internet are widespread that make travel has never been easier.   Foreign investor would be interested to explore the travel services market. However, 100% foreign owned company is not allowed to set-up in travel services business in Vietnam. As this investment area is conditional, it is advised that a law firm in Vietnam should be consulted to ensure compliance with local regulations.
The application process and documents requirements are briefly as following:
I. Required documents:
  1. Application for the International Travel Business License (form);
  2. Certificate of business registration (copy – certified)
  3. Business plan for the international travel agency;
  4. Tour schedule
  5. Proof of at least 4 years of experience in international travel business operations
  6. Certified copies of the tourist guides’ cards whereby at least 3 international tourist guides are required
  7. Confirmation of bank deposit (as per regulations);
  8. Proof of office premises or legally registered place of business
II. Business License Application Procedure
  1. Submission of the required documents to the correct authority (Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the province/city where the business is headquartered).
  2. The Department of Tourism of the province/city completes the records of appraisal and submits a written request with the agency’s records to the Minstry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Vietnam within ten working days from the date of receipt of a valid application. When cases are not eligible for the proposed permit to the state agencies, the provincial tourism department shall cite the specific reasons for refusal.
  3. The state management agency of tourism (VNAT – Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) is responsible for reviewing and licensing the international travel business within ten working days from the date of both receipt of the file and written request of the state agency of tourism in the province. In case of refusal, the ministry shall state the specific reasons to the state and provincial tourism authorities
III. Number of records
– Submission to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism: 01
– Tourism Authority Filed in: 01

LIST OF INVESTMENT SECTORS WITH CONDITIONS APPLIED TO FOREIGN INVESTORS

In general, investment is encouraged in Vietnam.  However, when setting up a company in Vietnam, foreign investors need to be aware of investment sectors with conditions applied to foreign investors in Vietnam.

The following sectors with investment conditions are issued with Decree 108/2006/ND-CP dated September 22nd 2006 of the Government on guiding the implementation of some Articles in the Law on Investment:
1. Radio and television.
2. Production, publication and distribution of cultural products.
3. Mining and mineral processing.
4. Set up telecommunication network infrastructures, broadcasting, provide telecommunications and internet services.
5. Construction of the public postal network, provide postal services, delivery services.
6. Construction and operation of river ports, sea ports, airports.
7. Transportation of goods and passengers by railway, airway, road, sea, inland waterway.
8. Fishing.
9. Tobacco production.
10. Real estate business.
11. Businesses in the field of export, import and distribution.
12. Education and training.
13. Hospital and clinic.
14. Other areas of investment in the international treaties to which Vietnam is a member that restricting the market access for foreign investors.
The investment conditions applicable to foreign investors with investment projects in the fields of investment provided with this list shall be in accordance with the provisions of the international treaties to which Vietnam is a member.
At ANT Lawyers, a law firm in Vietnam with offices in law office Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, we are available to assist clients in licensing and post-licensing matters to help clients with all questions and services in setting up and maintaining the company or other form of business entities in Vietnam. We could be reached at email:ant@antlawyers.vn or office tel: +848 35202779.

TOP 10 CHALLENGES OF DOING BUSINESS IN VIETNAM

Expanding gross domestic product (GDP), modern infrastructure and a dramatic increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) are signs that Vietnam has transformed into an attractive investment destination, but there are still barriers to doing business which are best navigated with local help on board.

Since 1988, there have been 13,544 foreign investment projects with a total registered capital of US$213 billion in Vietnam, building a large overseas investment sector which occupies about 17% of GDP and 43.4% of industrial product value. Overseas firms are attracted by Vietnam’s 87 million-strong population which supports a large and young workforce and that has also seen an increase in disposable income in recent years.
Strong economic growth rates have been a common feature of the Vietnamese economy since the 1990s, and even though the high levels slumped slightly during the global financial crisis, the country has rapidly returned to pre-crisis growth trends and is expected to continue on this path. Infrastructure, tourism development, and related real estate and retail sector development in urban areas are all attracting large amounts of FDI, and overseas firms are increasingly attracted by the country’s move from a centralised to a market-orientated economy.
However, The World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) rank Vietnam in 99th place in the world for ease of doing business, which means it is essential to seek local help when expanding in the country.
Starting a Business
There are 10 procedures to undertake when starting a business in Vietnam, making it among the most complex start-up environments in the world. What’s more, many tasks facing new corporate entities may be unfamiliar to overseas companies, making the task far more rigorous. Registration of the seal-sample at the Police Department, for example, or publically announcing the formation in a local newspaper are procedures most companies generally don’t have to complete.
Dealing with Construction Permits
It takes 110 days and 11 procedures to get permits for construction in Vietnam, once again requiring interaction with several official departments. Inspections must be carried out by the Department of Construction and the municipality, and certificates should be obtained from the Firefighters Prevention Department, the Department of Construction and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Getting Electricity
Getting electrical connection is among the most rigorous tasks facing startups in Vietnam, taking 115 days to complete and costing a significant percentage of income per capita. Inspections by the local power corporation are required before completing processes with the Traffic and Transport Department and the Firefighters Prevention Department.
Registering Property
Registering property takes 57 days to complete, which is far higher than the OECD norm but around average for East Asia and Pacific. Contracts between the transferor and the transferee are signed before taxation is paid and registration for the right to use land is complete.
Getting Credit
Vietnam is home to quite a stable credit environment, and obtaining capital is a relatively smooth process for businesses. However, the lack of a private credit bureau can make the process a little trickier for overseas firms.
Protecting Investors
Investor protection is an area in which Vietnam fails miserably. It is ranked in 169th place by the World Bank and IFC, with a weak director liability index and shareholder suits index.
Paying Taxes
There are a massive 32 corporate tax payments to be made each year which takes an average of 872 company hours to complete. Compared to the OECD norm of 176 and the East Asia and Pacific average of 209, taxation is one of the most burdensome processes of doing business in Vietnam.
Trading Across Borders
Given its strong manufacturing base and reliance on interconnectivity, trading across borders is a cheap endeavour. However, that isn’t to say the process is not complicated, and the stream of documentation required for both importing and exporting highlights that cross-border trade can be difficult at the best of times.
Enforcing Contracts and Resolving Insolvency
Enforcing contracts takes 400 days to complete and 34 procedures. Resolving insolvency is a far more laborious process, taking five years on average to complete and with a low recovery rate.
Culture
The Vietnamese believe in the teachings of the early Chinese philosopher Confucius which emphasise the importance of relationships, responsibility and obligation. Vietnam is also a collectivist country and community concerns will almost always come before business or individual needs.
ANT Lawyers
We have the local knowledge to help you navigate these minefields. Whether you want to set up in Vietnam or just want to streamline your Vietnamese operations,

HOW TO BUY APARTMENT IN VIETNAM

Real estate in Vietnam has passed the most difficult period and stabilized. But to satisfy the house demand of 90 million people, it’s need to have many changes in laws. ANT Lawyers will update the proposal of an expert in issue of definite ownership apartment.

As many other countries such as in England, the term to own an apartment of 999 years, but in Vietnam, only land has been assigned by the Government in 2 forms: permanent assignment and definite assignment.
In first method, permanent land assignment fell into residential land, and almost apartments were purchased in market with the “permanent” term.
In the second, lands were assigned within 50 years, the investors continued developing the projects. Some apartment projects in Ho Chi Minh city and Ha Noi belonged to this type. After the investors conducted procedures to transfer definite ownership apartment to permanent ownership apartment. Therefore, actually, the price of apartment will decrease if the form of definite ownership is applied.
Regulating the definite ownership of 50 -70 years for apartment will take advantages in reconstruction and improvement in case of degrading, usage expiry.
For more information or requirements on house laws, please contact ANT Lawyers.
ANT Lawyers, your lawyers in Vietnam.

Thứ Hai, 9 tháng 5, 2016

HOW TO APPLY FOR BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR NEWBORN IN VIETNAM?

For children of foreigner and Vietnamese born in Vietnam, the procedure to apply for birth certificate in Vietnam is carried out at the Vietnam’s provincial Department of Justice.
How to Apply for Birth Certificate for Newborn in Vietnam?
How to Apply for Birth Certificate for Newborn in Vietnam?
In today’s globalized world, it has become more common that people from different cultural backgrounds travel, and meet their spouse.  Their children were born with happiness however they would face difficulties when applying for birth certificate for the newborn in Vietnam.  For the parents, the difficulties of registering birth certificate in Vietnam could range from the choice of name, nationality, or whether or not the child is born out of wedlock.
When a child between a foreigner and a Vietnamese is born in Vietnam, according to the regulation on the registration and management of civil status, the Department of Justice will be the Vietnam government agency issuing the birth certificate.
In cases where parents choose foreign nationality for the child, they must obtain the agreement of the parents about the choice of nationality. The valid agreement of the parents about the choice of nationality shall be certified by the local authority.
After receiving a application dossier for birth certificate for newborn in Vietnam, civil status officials of the Department of Justice records in the birth registration and original birth certificate. The director of the Department of Justice shall sign and issue an original birth certificate for the newborn.  Copies of birth certificates are issued at the request of the applicant.
For children born out of wedlock, if the father is not identified, the information about the father in the birth registration book and birth certificate are left blank. When the father officially agrees to recognize father for a child, he has to carry out the procedure at the Vietnam’s provincial Department of Justice.  The birth certificate could also be revised to reflect the father’s details into the new birth certificate.  This birth certificate will be very important when the father applies foreign citizenship for the child.
The child can be named according to parental choice to be recorded on the birth certificate.

HOW TO IMPORT AND TRADE MEDICAL DEVICE

Import of medical device is a complicated process under Vietnam laws as it applies and impacts on human bodies. Ministry of Health is the Vietnam State Authority governing the import permit of medical device that requires import permit. Lawyers of law firm in Vietnam with experience in medical device should be consulted for the import licensing and sub-licensing process to ensure smooth experience.

1. Introduction about Medical Device
According to Circular No.30/2015/TT-BYT dated Oct 12th 2015 on importing of medical equipment, the term “medical device” is the types of equipment, tool, material and in-vitro diagnosis chemical and software used separately or combined with each other as indicated by the owner to serve people for one or a lot of purposes as follows:
a) Diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment and mitigation of disease or injury compensation;
b) Checking, replacement, modification or surgery support and physiological process;
c) Life support or sustainment;
d) Conception control;
dd) Sterilization of medical equipment (not including chemicals and insecticides and disinfectants for domestic and medical use);
e) Use for medical equipment;
g) Special transport for medical activities.
2. How to import and trade Medical Device in Vietnam
In order to import the Medical Device, the importer has to strictly comply with Vietnam laws, especially setting up the trading company with the function to import and trade Medical Device.
Except those medical devices not yet permitted for use in Vietnam, trading medical device is considered as conditional business that the company must satisfy the following conditions:
a) Medical device must fully comply with the provisions of law;
b) Business entities must be traders defined in the Vietnam Commercial Law;
c) Business establishments must satisfy the requirements on techniques, equipment, facilities, business process and other standards prescribed by law; locations of business establishments must be in line with the planning on development of the network of establishments doing business with goods and/or services subject to conditional business;
d) Managerial and technical staff and employees personally engaged in the sale and purchase of goods, and employees personally engaged in the provision of services must satisfy the requirements on professional qualifications and experience and be physically fit according to the provisions of law;
e) Business traders must have certificates of satisfaction of business conditions in cases where such certificates are required by law to be granted by competent agencies.
3. Permit to import Medical Device
Further, for certain medical device belonging to the list which Vietnam Ministry of Health issues, the importer has to obtain the medical device import permit before importation.
Dossier for new issuance of Medical Device import permit includes:
a) A written request of issuance the permit as prescribed by law.
b) Valid certificate of free sale of types of imported medical devices at the time of submission of dossier.
c) The valid ISO 13485 or ISO 9001 quality systems certification (hereinafter referred to as ISO certification) of manufacturer at the time of dossier submission.
d) The valid Letter of authorization from medical equipment owner to organizations or individuals importing the medical equipment.
e) The technical material describing the types of medical equipment in Vietnamese language.
f) Catalogue describing the functions and technical parameters of types of imported medical equipment.
g) The clinical assessment material and manual of owner or manufacturer for the medical equipment specified in section 49 of Annex I issued with this Circular.
h) Report on result of import of medical equipment


The dossier will be addressed to the Ministry of Health (Department of Medical Equipment and Health Facilities) and they will review the completeness and validity of dossier within 05 working days. In case the dossier is complete and valid, a meeting of its consultation Council for issuance of medical equipment import permit will be held to review. The import will only be issued if there is no more requirement for modification or addition of import dossier from the Council. The validity of the import permit is until the validity of the letter of authorization and up to 01 year from the date of signature and issuance.