More than 200 people including regulators, academics and industry representatives attended a seminar in Malaysia this month to discuss regional and global developments on Traditional Medicines and Health Supplements (TMHS).
Held on June 4, the seminar focused on the harmonisation process for TMHS within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), offering representatives the opportunity to learn about other regulatory systems against which the emerging ASEAN model could be benchmarked.
The seminar was organised by the Malaysian Dietary Supplement Association (MADSA) in cooperation with the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, the ASEAN Alliance of Health Supplement Associations (AAHSA) and the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA).
Speakers included Wang Xian Ren from the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA); Dr Oran Kwon, from the Korea Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Daniel Quek, Chair of AAHSA; Simon Pettman, Executive Director of IADSA; and Jagdev Singh, Chairman of MADSA.
“The global health supplement market continues to grow at a fast pace and ASEAN is one of the fastest growing regions within this,” said AAHSA Chair Daniel Quek. “Many of the issues being addressed by the TMHS Product Working Group are the subject of equivalent debate by regulatory bodies across the world, and ensuring as far as possible an internationally-accepted scientific basis for regulation is considered a central element of these discussions.”
Participants were given an overview of the ASEAN TMHS harmonisation process within the private sector and overview of the market trends.
MADSA Chairman Jagdev Singh said: "The seminar has been a wake-up call for the Malaysian Health Supplements industry to pay more attention to the larger perspective and to start gearing up for a borderless ASEAN market which would provide both more opportunities and more competition.”
IADSA is the voice of the worldwide dietary supplement manufacturing sector 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.