The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) this year celebrates ten years of helping to shape policies and regulations on dietary supplements across the globe.
IADSA, whose membership has grown from 21 associations in 1998 to more than 50 associations in 41 countries, has spent the last decade representing the views of the dietary supplement sector in the global, regional and national arena, moving forward scientific and legislative debates on dietary supplements, and promoting industry compliance with regulations.
“A number of governments are amending their food regulations over the next five years, so we will have substantial developments and challenges,” said Byron Johnson, Chairman of IADSA. “One of our biggest achievements so far is IADSA’s work at Codex Alimentarius level to ensure that guidelines for maximum levels of vitamins and minerals are based on risk assessment, not Recommended Daily Allowances. When the text was finally adopted in 2005 this target was achieved. IADSA continues to work towards reducing existing barriers by sharing information on regulatory models worldwide with regulatory authorities, national associations and the scientific community.”
At Codex level IADSA continues to focus on improving the draft Codex guidelines on the scientific substantiation of health claims. When finally approved this draft will become part of the overall Codex guidelines on the use of nutrition and health claims. IADSA is also playing an active role at Codex in ensuring the recognition and continued use of valuable technological additives in supplements, at appropriate levels.
On the scientific front IADSA produces publications each year, which are distributed to key decision-makers worldwide as a reference source for policy development. These include issues such as role of supplements in nutrition policy; the safety of vitamin and mineral supplements; the scientific substantiation of health claims; the safety and risk assessment of various bioactive substances in food supplements, and IADSA’s 2007 publication ‘Nutrition, Health Ageing and Public Policy’.
Regionally IADSA has played an advisory role for authorities in central and Eastern European countries wanting to implement legislation in view of European Union membership, and there is continued focus on the harmonisation of supplement legislation across the ten countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Nationally, IADSA continues to be active across the globe in countries including Japan, China, Russia, India and Mexico, and plans to engage more actively in regulatory developments in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet countries.
IADSA is the voice of the worldwide dietary supplement manufacturing industry and an accredited international non-governmental organization (INGO) with a seat at the table of the main international regulatory bodies. IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, representing more than 50 trade associations and over 20,000 companies.
For more information contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +32 (0)2 209 11 55, fax: +32 (0)2 223 30 64, or email [email protected], visit www.iadsa.org.