Regulators from across Latin America met in Argentina to discuss the challenges and opportunities in regulating food supplements in the region.
Coinciding with the 4th IADSA Scientific Forum this week, the meeting was an exclusive workshop coordinated by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), for officials from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Key discussion points are food supplement definitions, categorisation and safety, and developing effective systems for quality, market access and control of these products.
“There is a great focus from regulators across the world, and particularly across Latin America, on developing adequate regulation for the food supplements category,” said IADSA Director of Regulatory Affairs David Pineda Ereño. “This event is designed to address the key issues affecting such regulation. We hope that the discussions at the event will be valuable for regulators and help further advance their discussions at national level.”
Speakers at the workshop will be Dr Matías de Nicola from the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT), Argentina; Dr Tatiana Pires from the Brazilian Association of the Foods for Special Uses Industry (ABIAD); Sam Jennings, Coordinator of IADSA Working Group on Good Manufacturing Practices, who will discuss ensuring the quality of food supplements; Dr Andrew Shao, Member of IADSA Scientific Group, who will discuss market access and control of food supplements, and IADSA Board Member Ric Hobby.
Panel discussions will involve Alejandra Chaverri Esquivel from Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health; Professor Helio Vannucchi from the University of Sao Paulo and Member of the Committee for Scientific and Technical Assessment of Functional and New Foods advising the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) in Brazil; Dr Liliana Peñaloza from Colombia’s Ministry of Health; Dr María Luz Martínez from the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) in Argentina; Dr Rocío Alatorre from Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS); Dr Luis Millán from Venezuela’s Ministry of Health; Luisa Kipreos from the Ministry of Health in Chile; Jose Luis Reyes from El Salvador’s Public Health Superior Council; Viviana Schreiber from the National Institute on Food and Nutrition (INAN) in Paraguay; Nora Villalba from the Ministry of Public Health in Uruguay, and Dr John Hathcock from the USA Council for Responsible Nutrition.
IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, representing more than 50 national trade associations and over 20,000 companies.
For more information, visit www.iadsa.org