“U.S.-China HPA had an amazing 2014” says Executive Director Jeff Crowther. Noting many of the association’s accomplishments and industry happenings over the past year. Here’s a quick look back on some of them:
- Organized the “China International Nutrition and Health Industry Summit” held in Beijing, which brought together 60 global companies to learn and share the latest in regard to China’s ever developing dietary supplement industry.
- Received “Best of 2014” recognition from Nutritional Outlook Magazine for its regulatory advocacy measures and the many services the association provides.
- Invited to meet with China’s National People’s Congress to discuss the issues and future direction of China’s regulations for dietary supplements.
- Submitted report to China’s FDA on the agencies’ proposed draft regulations for nutritional supplements.
- Published “Export Potential Report” for U.S. Industry, which highlighted a loss of over $8 billion in potential exports, which would have created 2,700 jobs in the U.S. These loses were contributed to China’s overly restrictive regulatory environment
- Increased membership by over 20 percent
- Traveled to Tel Aviv as a guest of the Israel government to give a one-day lecture and face to face follow meetings to 20 health product companies looking to enter the China market.
- Launched its Chinese language “Health Weekly” e-newsletter, which brings global news to China’s growing dietary supplement industry
- Launched its WeChat Social Media platform in China, which both educates and promotes the dietary supplement industry to China’s consumers and industry leaders.
- Initiated planning phase to hold a Probiotic and an Omega Fatty Acid conference in Shanghai during 2015.
“After years of the association and other industry groups sharing information and encouraging China’s FDA to work towards a more open and transparent system for dietary supplements based on notification, 2014 saw the first steps taken by China to move the system in that direction. There is still much to accomplish, but at least movement has begun,” said Crowther.