Successful outcome from IADSA Brazil meeting

Regulators, academics and industry representatives came together in Brazil last month to share different views and models on food supplement regulation.

Following a workshop with IADSA on 24th November, its member association Brazilian Association of the Foods for Special Uses Industry (ABIAD), is to present a proposal to modify food supplement regulations to the Brazilian government.

Brazilian and European Union (EU) regulators, industry representatives from the food supplement sector and experts came together at the workshop, to discuss and debate issues such as the definition of food supplements, the use of a wide range of ingredients, the criteria for setting maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, and product placement systems. All attendees agreed that the discussion was of great benefit and rated it a success.

Basil Mathioudakis, Head of the European Commission’s Food Law Unit, who gave a presentation on the EU regulation on food supplements, emphasised the fact that ingredients other than vitamins and minerals should be allowed in food supplement products, that maximum levels of vitamins and minerals should be based on safety and that the notification procedure is a more adequate system for foods and food supplements than registration. In addition, Dr Andrew Shao of the US CRN provided a very succinct presentation on risk assessment and maximum levels of nutrients that also had a clear impact on the audience.

In Brazil, food supplements can contain only vitamins and/or minerals and maximum levels for food supplements are based on the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Products must also be registered. The Brazilian government does not permit claims to be used on food supplement products.

“We are delighted that this unique event was such a big success, and that IADSA continues to play a key role encouraging greater communication on the regulation and science behind dietary supplements,” said Byron Johnson, Chairman of IADSA. “We will continue to encourage further detailed discussions in Brazil and other countries across the region.”

Speaking after the event, Carlos Gouvêa, President of ABIAD added that he looked forward to working closely with IADSA in the future: “The discussion was informative and led to a great exchange of views that I think will help to shape the future of the Brazilian food market.”

IADSA is the leading international expert association regarding the globalisation of food supplement markets and an accredited international non-governmental organisation with a seat at the table of the main international regulatory bodies. The workshop was the forth event organised by IADSA in Latin America, the previous workshops being held in Mexico and Argentina last year and Lima this year.

For more information contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +32 (0)2 209 11 55, fax: +32 (0)2 223 30 64, or email [email protected], visit


IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, representing more than 54 national trade associations and over 20,000 companies.

For more information contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Director of 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

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