A Bulgarian trade group has become the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations? (IADSA) 50th member at a time of heightened activity on many fronts within the international supplements industry. The Bulgarians follow other new members Poland, France and Turkey, with Greece and Brazil poised to join the alliance that represents more than 8,500 supplements companies worldwide.
?When IADSA was created in 1998, there was a clear need to help the dietary supplements industry share information across borders? said IADSA chairman Randy Dennin. ?A core goal was to build up the membership from the original 21 members. Through much hard work by many people across the world, it has been possible to bring together a unique network with the ability to share information with governments across the world.?
With Codex adopting its supplements guidelines this month, and many countries around the world wondering how they will be affected and how to apply the guidelines into their own legislatures, the demands on IADSA?s scarce resources have increased dramatically. This is especially so in developing nations where supplements regulations may be in-progress or non-existent.
?We are spending a lot of time and resources going around the world advising regulators how to implement these changes. We have been assisting companies and government bodies in Turkey, Thailand, China, Malaysia and Mexico, to name but a few,? said IADSA?s executive director, Simon Pettman. ?For instance, IADSA has been working with the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration, which is in the process of fundamentally changing their supplements legislation.?We have been working with Chinese officials on this framework and on the detail that should be included in it.?
Beyond Codex, IADSA continues to assist industry with scientific strategies, guidance on quality issues, marketing and educational initiatives, and programmes on nutritional supplements and doping in sport.