Regulators from Argentina, Chile and Brazil have taken part in workshop in Argentina organised by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) to address global, regional and national regulatory trends.
Held last month in Buenos Aires, the workshop gave the representatives the opportunity to learn about other regulatory systems in the area of dietary supplements.
Participants were given an overview of the global dietary supplement market and the different regional and global harmonisation initiatives; an explanation of recent developments in the United States, including AER and GMP regulations, and an introduction to the frameworks for regulation of food supplements in Latin America.
Speakers included Dr Maria Luz Martínez from Argentina’s National Administration of Food; Dr Ana Claudia de Araújo from the National Agency of Health Surveillance in Brazil; Luisa Kipreos from the Chilean Ministry of Health.
“The workshop gave regulators and industry representatives the opportunity to debate the key regulatory issues in the region and the potential for change in the light of international regulations and practice,” said David Pineda Ereño, IADSA’s Manager of Regulatory Affairs.
The workshop is the second to be organised by IADSA this year in Latin America. More than 100 participants attended the previous workshop, which took place in Mexico on May 6, organised by IADSA in conjunction with its Mexican member association Anipron and the Mexican Ministry of Health.
Mr Pineda said: “Latin America is a highly complex region in terms of dietary supplement regulation and many significant problems exist for marketing products. Change in regulations will take time, but IADSA is committed to helping support local associations through the exchange of information and provision of solutions to create balanced regulation across the region.”
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.
For more information contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +32 (0)2 209 1155, fax: +32 (0)2 223 3064, or email [email protected], visit www.iadsa.org.