IADSA Workshop Gathers Official Momentum

Government officials from the ASEAN, EU, Japan and China are convening in Japan next month for a workshop focused on the evolution of dietary supplement regulation.

Taking place in Yokohama on April 17, the workshop on ‘International Perspectives on Dietary Supplement Regulation’ will bring the group together with speakers from Japan, the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), to discuss the potential impact of future regulatory trends on companies and the markets.

The event, organised by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) in conjunction with its four Japanese member associations, will pinpoint hot topics such as the key regulatory developments in Japan, ASEAN, EU and United States, the regulation and substantiation of health claims, and the establishment of a global model to assess safety of bioactive substances used in supplements.

Speakers include Dr Keiichi Nakabayashi, Counsellor for Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan; the Head of the European Commission’s Food Law Unit, Basil Mathioudakis, who will detail the EU’s implementation of its ambitious legislation programme for food supplements, fortified foods and health claims; and the Chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) government working group on the harmonization of dietary supplements, Mrs Mawarwati Djamaluddin.

“Recognising the considerable regulatory changes taking place across the region, and with Japan as its largest single market, Yokohama was the logical choice for the workshop,” said Randy Dennin, Chairman of IADSA. “This event will primarily address the common issues that underpin regulation throughout the world and highlight those currently subject to significant debate, such as bioactive ingredients in supplements and health claims.”

Describing health claims as “one of the most complex and significant areas of legislative activity across the world”, Professor David Richardson, scientific adviser to the UK Council for Responsible Nutrition has compiled a presentation comparing global approaches to the issue. Dr Nakabayashi will present Japan’s claims regulatory system for Foods for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) and foods with nutrient function, and he will explain the problems that can arise from false or exaggerated advertising.

An afternoon session will be dedicated to bioactives in supplements – their role in maintaining health, as well as consumer use and misuse. Dr John Hathcock, Vice President of Scientific and International Affairs at the US Council for Responsible Nutrition will present the latest thinking in this area, focusing on models that can be applied to a range of ingredients. Last year IADSA produced a report “The Risk Assessment and Safety of Bioactive Substances in Food Supplements” which has since also been translated into Japanese.

Mr Dennin said: “While vitamins and minerals still represent the majority of the dietary supplement market in many countries, the use of other bioactive ingredients continues to increase. Ensuring that there is a workable model to assess the safety of these ingredients is a key priority for companies.”

Registration for the International Perspectives on Dietary Supplement Regulation workshop will be charged at the discount fee of (US)$82 until March 12, after which attendance will cost (US)$124 per person. Visit www.nittsu-ryoko.com/travel/event/iadsa/index.html to register.


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, and now represents 57 national trade associations and over 9,500 member companies. IADSA’s four Japanese member associations are: Japan Health Food & Nutrition Food Association (JHNFA), the Japanese Institute for Health Food Standards (JIHFS), the Nutrition and Food Technology Society (NFTS) and the National Nutritional Foods Association of Japan (NNFA-J). 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], visit www.iadsa.org.

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