The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) last month partnered with China’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to host a workshop on health food regulatory trends in the country.
The workshop, which took place on Sept. 24 in Beijing, saw senior officials and IADSA coming together to discuss the potential mechanisms of a notification system for food supplements in China.
The discussions centered on global product placement rules, the status quo of the existing registration and product notification system for health food in China, and an overview of the successes and challenges of similar initiatives across the globe.
“The workshop was an excellent opportunity for the sector and the authorities to share experiences and dialogue towards an enhanced regulatory framework,” said IADSA board member Michelle Stout. “The registration system in China is at present lengthy and costly, and it is widely recognized that there is a need for a more accessible system to be introduced.”
IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, representing more than 50 national trade associations and over 20,000 companies.