ALANUR facilitates supplement regulation talks

Government authorities and the food supplement sector discussed issues related to supplement rules at a recent conference in Venezuela.

The Latin American Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ALANUR) last month held a workshop in Venezuela, bringing together authorities and the food supplement sector to discuss issues related to food supplement rules as the authority develops a draft regulation.

The workshop, which was co-organized with the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), was attended by officials from the National Institute of Nutrition, the National Institute of Hygiene “Rafael Rangel” (INHRR) and the Ministry of Health, all involved in the regulation and registration of food supplements.

The Ministry and the INHRR are currently developing a draft regulation for food supplements and other product categories bordering the supplement category.

“The workshop was a very dynamic and productive session, with a lot of focus on the physiological and nutritional effect of ingredients other than vitamins and minerals, ingredient safety and product classification,” said Dr. Tatiana Pires, Chair of ALANUR. “With the Ministry of Health and the INHRR working on a draft regulation for food supplements, the issues debated during the workshop were very pertinent. We are pleased to be able to facilitate an international platform for debate towards a sound legislative environment for the development of the food supplement sector.”

The workshop covered trends in the regulation of food supplements in Latin America and worldwide, including classification and definition, the use of nutrition and health claims; the role of scientific risk assessment to establish maximum nutrient levels versus the use of Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs), and the characteristic features of the registration and notification systems and monitoring of products once they are on the market across the globe.

This event forms part of the series of events organized in the region by ALANUR and IADSA. In September the groups held a technical workshop in Colombia with regulators from the National Institute of Drug and Food Surveillance (INVIMA) and in Ecuador with the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Hygiene, on food supplement regulation and interpretation.

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