15 February 2007 - Headway is expected on improved dietary supplement regulation this year as IADSA expands its plan of action regionally and globally.
2007 will be a key year in the process of regional harmonisation in South East Asia. IADSA continues to work closely with the Asean Alliance of Health Supplement Associations (AAHSA) which last December gained a place at the government table for negotiations on the future harmonisation of supplement regulation across the region.
Plans are also in the pipeline for regulation discussions with China and Japan, and IADSA is organising an April workshop in Yokohama where influential legislators from Asia, Europe and North America will address existing and future models of regulation.
In India work is underway on priority action following the country’s adoption of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, which now classifies supplements as food. IADSA is also in discussions with the Mexican authorities and the industry association, Anipron, on the development of proposals for new regulation.
The Alliance’s global drive to develop strategy and implement action on regulation and policy continues to play an important role particularly regarding Codex Alimentarius initiatives on additives, health claims and the safety of supplement ingredients.
“We continue to work towards regulatory systems where the guidelines are appropriate to the specific characteristics of our products,” said Randy Dennin, Chairman of IADSA. “If we are able to achieve this, governments will have reduced healthcare costs and consumers will have wider access to safe and beneficial products. We will continue to work with national associations, the scientific community and governments worldwide towards a positive result.”
IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998 as a voice for the worldwide dietary supplement manufacturing industry, and the growing alliance now represents 57 national trade associations.
On the research front two groundbreaking publications are being drafted by IADSA’s Scientific Working Group – “Nutrition, Healthy Ageing, and Public Policy”, which addresses the value of dietary supplements in the ageing population, and a second report on the safety of bioactive substances in dietary supplements focusing on amino acids. IADSA’s reports are sent to regulators and other decision-makers in more than 100 countries, with some translated into Spanish and Japanese.
For more information contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. Tel: +32 (0)2 209 1155, fax: +32 (0)2 223 3064 or email [email protected].