International food policy experts EAS will hold a workshop in Singapore giving functional food and health supplement companies a clear picture of the laws and practices in key Asian markets and the European Union.
Taking place on 17 May 2012, the workshop is a one-day intensive session to guide companies through the current status and application of health claims regulations in Asia and Europe.
Titled “Practical implications of Claims Regulations in Asia & Europe: the key steps to successful market access for functional foods and health supplements”, the event will see EAS experts explaining the global picture for health claims, detailing the opportunities and restrictions within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), clarifying the rules for health claims in non-ASEAN markets in Asia, and covering the key provisions and most recent developments of the European Union’s Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.
“Understanding how health claims regulations are evolving across the globe is critical to company strategies when marketing across borders,” said EAS Global Director of Health and Nutrition Policy Miguel da Silva. “Governments across the world are closely monitoring the implementation of the European Union’s Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, so it is important that companies are aware of the challenges and opportunities within the developments in the EU.”
At the workshop da Silva will give an overview of the legal framework for nutrition and health claims in the European Union, explaining the general principles and conditions for making claims; the different types of claims, their definitions and conditions of use; the authorisation procedure for health claims and the role of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); and the status quo for prohibited claims and additional restrictions, including the use of nutrient profiling to restrict certain foodstuffs from making claims.
He will also give an in-depth analysis of the latest developments with regards to authorisations of nutrition and health claims, specifically focusing on generic ‘nutrient function’ health claims, claims referring to the reduction of a disease risk, evaluation criteria used by EFSA and the related controversy, and the main reasons for the success and/or failure of an application.
EAS Regulatory Affairs Manager Wai Mun Poon and Regional Regulatory Affairs Adviser Evon Chan will cover the latest developments within the 10 countries of the ASEAN as they harmonise their health supplement regulations, and cover current regulatory practice for food/health supplements and functional food in other key Asia markets.
“A common stumbling point for companies is the diversity within national regulations between health supplements and functional foods,” saidPoon. “In Asia it is important to take into consideration the regulatory requirements in each country for product marketing plans, so as to avoid any compliance problems which might result in product recalls or other penalties."
For more information about the workshop or to register visit eas.asia/Event/46.