Regional ginseng regulation should focus on just one species, says IADSA

Only one species of ginseng should be regulated under the regional Codex Standard for Ginseng Products, the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) has said.

Commenting on the draft standard prepared by the Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA) which Codex this month endorsed and agreed to finalise as a regional standard for Asia, IADSA said that integrating all species of ginseng within this one standard would require scientific expertise which it believes is currently not within Codex’s resources.

The alliance suggested removing the species P. quinquefolius L. from the Standard, and leaving only Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer to be regulated. Earlier this year P. notoginseng Burk and derived products were deleted from the draft.

“IADSA’s comments should be integrated into the draft standard, in particular, our suggestion that it should cover only one species – Panax ginseng,” said David Pineda, IADSA’s Manager of Regulatory Affairs. “Panax ginseng is the main species in Asia, and as the regional standard will apply to the Asian members of Codex only, it is logical that it should cover only this species.”

The decision to endorse the standard as regional is currently at Step 5 of the 8-step Codex decision-making procedure, and the Commission agreed that once the regional standard has been adopted at the final step, a discussion would be necessary on whether or not to convert it into an international standard.

There is, however, currently no official procedure in Codex for the conversion of regional standards into international standards, so the Commission has agreed that a guidelines document should be developed.


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 58 national trade associations and over 9,500 member companies.

IADSA can be contacted at 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +32 (0)2 209 1155, fax: +32 (0)2 223 3064, or visit

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