Three hundred delegates including international regulators convened in Japan last week for IADSA’s latest workshop on the evolution of dietary supplement regulation.
Government officials from the ASEAN, EU, USA, Mexico, Japan and China joined scientific bodies, trade associations and industry in Yokohama on April 17 for the ‘International Perspectives on Dietary Supplement Regulation’ workshop to focus on 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, opened with a message of support from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and marked the first occasion that government representatives from Japan, the EU, US and ASEAN came together to present their countries’ regulatory models.
Speakers presented key regulatory developments in the different countries, and agenda topics included the regulation and substantiation of health claims and the establishment of a global model to assess safety of bioactive substances used in supplements.
“We’re delighted to be able to continue IADSA’s role of providing greater communication and solutions on the both regulation and the science behind dietary supplements,” said Randy Dennin, Chair of IADSA. “The workshop demonstrated that while there continues to me be many different approaches to regulating dietary supplements, the principles that form the basis of these are increasingly consistent throughout the world. IADSA will build on this global workshop with increased dialogue to encourage further detailed discussions at national levels.”
Besides addressing the common issues that underpin regulation throughout the world, the workshop’s location provided the ideal platform for the launch of IADSA’s latest scientific report ‘Nutrition, Healthy Ageing and Public Policy’, with Japan having one of the highest longevity rates in the world.
Officials speaking at the event included Dr Keiichi Nakabayashi, Counsellor for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan; Basil Mathioudakis, Head of the European Commission’s Food Law Unit; and Mawarwati Djamaluddin, Chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) government working group on the harmonisation of dietary supplements.
Eiji Sato, Chair of the organising committee in Japan, said: “We are delighted that this unique event was held in Japan. It provided a forum to help the Japanese government and industry further understand the issues surrounding regulatory principles in other parts of the world. Further International cooperation in this area is not just desirable but essential to ensure a sound regulatory basis for the marketing of dietary supplements.”
For more information on IADSA’s activities or the Yokohama workshop contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, email [email protected], or visit www.iadsa.org.
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: The 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).