Regulatory officials and scientific experts from across the globe will meet at an international symposium in Russia next month to discuss the evolving regulatory frameworks of the food supplement market.
The symposium, titled ‘Optimal Nutrition: role of biologically active components of food’ will take place in Moscow from 16-18 June, with high profile speakers in attendance from industry and government including Dr G.G. Onishenko, Head of Russia’s Federal Office of Surveillance of Consumer Right Protection and Wellbeing; Basil Mathioudakis, Head of the European Commission’s Unit on Food Law, Nutrition and Labelling; Jinjing Zhang, Deputy Director General, Department of Food Safety Coordination, State Food and Drug Administration, P.R. China; Byron Johnson, Chairman of the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA); and Dr Tatiana Pilat, Chair of the Council of Dietary Supplement and Healthy Food Producers of Russia (CDSP).
The event is the first grouping of these officials where the myths and reality of food supplements will be debated as well as how to reach the perfect balance between information, education and marketing in the global arena.
Topics for discussion will include global trends and regulatory frameworks and challenges for food supplements and health foods in China, the EU, Russia and the United States; methods and approaches to quality control; harmonisation of approaches in food supplement regulation and risk assessment worldwide; the role of clinical studies in risk assessment; and the substantiation of claims for food supplements.
The symposium is being organised jointly by the Federal Office of Surveillance of Consumer Right Protection and Wellbeing, Russian Ministry of Health; the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; the Russian Institute of Nutrition; CDSP; the Russia National Association of Dieticians and Nutritionists; the Moscow Medical Academy and IADSA.
“It is an honour to be partnering with the Russian organisations on such an important international event,” said IADSA Chairman Byron Johnson. “The Russian Federation has enormous scientific expertise in the area of food supplements and there is much that experts from other countries can learn.”