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Probiotics, the friendly bacteria that line our digestive tracts, are crucial to gut health. And gut health forms the foundation for overall health. “An unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome,” says Vanessa de Ascencao, nutritional consultant and member of the Health Products Association (HPA). Probiotic supplements are the fastest growing sector in supplements in South Africa, with a growth of 25 percent in 2016: a Euromonitor report predicts that the probiotic industry in South Africa could be worth over R527 million for 2017.

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“I extend sincerest thanks and appreciation to my fellow members of the Executive Council of the Health Products Association who have elected me Chairperson of the HPA. I’m humbled and honoured that they have entrusted me with this responsibility.

Taking the reins at this time is made easier by the groundwork laid by previous Chairmen; Bruce Dennison, Dr Alan Thomlinson and Norman Fels, and their right-hand powerhouse, HPA Secretary, Deirdre Allen. Despite the unprecedented events confronting this industry, my predecessors and their respective EXCO members successfully brought the industry together to work through the many challenges of doing business within a changing and uncertain regulatory landscape.  Creative solutions were found, some difficult decisions were made, and overall great strides were achieved in the best long-term interests of the entire industry.

The biggest achievement, however, was not just to successfully negotiate through a clearer understanding of the CAMS and Natural Health paradigm with the Department of Health and the Medicines Control Council but also that, through these many efforts, a CAMS Committee was set up within the MCC. In the last five years, the CAMS Marketing Code was created by the HPA, and the HPA’s Scientific and Technical Committee was set up under the excellent directorship of Wayne Robinson. The HPA strategically focused on the fundamental strengths of our industry, how it could be improved, and how it can best be positioned for the future.

As a result, the HPA has dramatically improved relationships with regulators and other more allopathic industry associations, has embraced transparency and good governance and enhanced the HPA’s role and infrastructure with new, talented people who are bringing fresh perspectives to key challenges.

I’m excited to begin work on behalf of the HPA and its members to promote positive communications and public relations, training and education, to the highest standards of products and services, and to find a new approach to effectively communicate the benefits and strengths of the industry within the wellness paradigm.

The HPA and its members ultimately represent millions of South Africans who take health supplements and use CAMS for preventative and primary health care. Not only are CAMS and Health Supplement companies a crucial part of South Africa’s economy and provide jobs and opportunities in South Africa, they give consumers the opportunity to make educated choices to fill critical nutrient gaps and achieve better health.

Above all to continue the good work of effectively representing the interests of the SA Natural health and CAMS industry at all level of the legislative, regulatory and Parliamentary process and to work proactively with other industry associations to achieve this aim.”

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Chairman’s Report – July 2017
It is with great sadness that we heard of the recent death of Greg Anderson who served on our Executive Council for many years. He made a significant contribution to the HPA; particularly in working with Howard Snoyman in having our CAMS marketing code incorporated into the MCA Code. Greg was killed while cycling, a sport which he loved and at which he excelled. Our condolences to his family and friends. The HPA will be contributing to his family’s charity of choice.
An overview of Technical and Regulatory Developments:
This AGM is a milestone for me as it will mark the last day of my tenure as Chairman of the HPA. Having served on the Executive Council for 32 years, (as Treasurer and Vice Chairman) and as Chairman for 4 years, a great deal of turbulent water has passed under the HPA bridge. It’s been a bumpy ride. I have decided that it’s a good time to hang up my gloves, step down and make way for new, younger leadership. The HPA has a very strong Exco, President and Secretary. I have total confidence that they will actively pursue our stated objectives of promoting and protecting our industry and our members. Based on current evidence, it may well be that the quest for an appropriate and workable legislative and regulatory regime is not yet over.
My position as Chairman started with the publication of the November 2013 CAMs Regulations which, as you are acutely aware, were inappropriate, unacceptable and unnecessarily destructive to the CAMS industry and the economy. New products could neither be launched or imported without prior registration. The CAMS industry was stifled and innovation blocked.
Then followed a concatenation of events:
• The HPA had a 6-month window of opportunity to legally challenge the regulations
• Despite our every effort, the regulators were not willing to engage – Papers were served on the Minister and DoH in May 2014 after extensive consultation with our legal advisors.
• The DoH breaks off all communication with the HPA
• Ethicore is appointed to advise on political strategy.
• The HPA agrees to suspend litigation provided that meaningful engagement takes place.
• A CAMS Working Forum is established comprising all major CAMS stakeholders.
• Good progress is made.
• The Registrar then decides that the interface of engagement should be via the established Industry Task Group [ITG]
• The CWF is abandoned and a CAMS Working Group ITG sub-committee is formed.
• Wayne Robinson is appointed as HPA Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs.
• Progress is made but, to date, no CAMS products have been registered as per the stipulated Road Map in the 2013 Regulations
• Draft Regulations and Guidelines are published in September 2014 and July 2015 to which the HPA makes comprehensive comment.
• In July 2016, amendments to the consolidated General Regulations supporting the Medicines Act as amended by Act 72 of 2008 were published. The concept of a Health Supplement was also introduced and a definition was included. A comment period was allowed and 40 submissions were received.
• Final publication was to have been in September 2016, then December 2016, then April 2017, then June 2017 and then 21 July 2017. Regulation are still awaited.
• In February 2017, the call-up of 2002 was rescinded thereby causing confusion and nullifying the status of the MB20.8 document which only the Port Health authorities continues to recognise; albeit inconsistently and to the detriment, in particular, of CAMS importers.
• Bill 6 (the Medicines Act 14 of 2015) was finally signed into law on the 1st of June 2017 enabling the MCC to be replaced by SAHPRA (the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority). However, in order for SAHPRA to become functional, the SAHPRA Board has to be constituted and a CEO appointed – an event which is yet to take place.

The HPA has been consistent, over the past 30 years, in requesting that CAMS should have its own Directorate and Registrar with separate and appropriate regulations (as was contemplated in the SAMDRA Act of 1998). Sadly, this Act was repealed early in 2002. It now appears that CAMS are to be subsumed into an allopathic paradigm – this despite our interaction with the ITG, other Government Departments and a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health [PPC]. The consequence of this is an onerous and expensive registration procedure with prohibitively high costs of compliance. Licensing and GMP requirements remain problematic. Hopefully amended regulations, when published, will recognise that these constraints are to the detriment of the regulators, the industry, the economy and the consumer.

Sadly, I would have to acknowledge that after over 30 years of actively seeking appropriate CAMS regulations and taking legal action, the HPA has not yet achieved a workable outcome. What was achieved was an acceptance by the regulators that the 2013 regulations which, at this point in time remain law, had to be revisited. I guess our legal action bought a reprieve which allowed us to continue trading for 4 years. The law has not been actively enforced. All is not lost and we remain open for business.

We also succeeded in resurrecting an ongoing engagement across a broad front which has yielded some positive results and a recognition by the DOH/MCC and PPC that the HPA is a responsible organisation which does indeed seek regulation which is risk related and appropriate. They have a better understanding of our position and appear to be taking cognizance of our comments. I believe that the perception that the HPA is averse to being regulated has been dispelled.
Publicity and Promotion:
The stated mandate of the HPA and its Executive Council is to protect and promote our industry. Of necessity, we have been largely preoccupied in the protection aspects of legislation and appropriate regulations. However, promotion has not been neglected and the HPA has undergone a complete “face lift”. A new logo has been created and a comprehensive website launched. This contributes to enhanced membership benefits. Our Public Relations agents have given the HPA extensive exposure.

Our relationships with the media, other associations and stakeholders has been greatly enhanced.
We continue to interact with IADSA who assist us and provide valuable input in terms of global best practice. Our president, Bruce Dennison, attends the AGM and maintains close liaison with IADSA. Simon Pettman and Cynthia Rousselot have visited us and met with the Registrar and Chairman of the CMC. Cynthia will be making a presentation at the forthcoming workshop in Gauteng. Neil Gower has undertaken to address the content of the imminent General Regulations at both the Johannesburg and the Cape Town HPA workshops.

ASA and MCA:
Having severed links with the ASA, the HPA has entered into an agreement with the Marketing Code Authority which binds our members to joining the MCA and to compliance with their code which now incorporates CAMS. The MCA confines its jurisdiction to health products and medicines and has wellestablished mechanisms in dealing with advertising/marketing complaints. A commitment to the MCA is a good credential for the HPA and is an undertaking by our members that they will advertise and market their products in a responsible and honest manner; i.e. synonymous with our HPA code of conduct. In addition, our internal Self-monitoring and Advisory Committee [SMAC] continues to serve and assist our members.
The HPA’s financial position remains strong. The Annual Financial Statements for the year ending in December 2016 will be tabled for adoption.
The Future:
Whilst we cannot anticipate the content of the forthcoming General Regulations, our quest for a degree of independence may well be ongoing.
Having achieved recognition and established our credentials as the major association representing the CAMS industry, we have the ear of the Regulators who have acknowledged that the Regulations of 2013 are unworkable. I believe that they now have a better understanding of the complexity and diversity of our industry and will take cognisance of our position going forward.
I have no doubt that the HPA will grow in stature and will continue to work in a spirit of cooperation with the regulators in the pursuit of a mutually acceptable legislative and regulatory environment for CAMS.
The HPA has a strong membership base and a capable Exco, well equipped to deal with any future challenges.
My tenure as Chairman of the HPA has been an interesting time. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with a dedicated and competent Executive Council.  I could not possibly have managed to lead the HPA without the fantastic support of our members, the Exco, our President, Bruce Dennison, Janet Welham, Wayne Robinson, IADSA and Deirdre Allen who has been a pillar of strength, help and encouragement.

Words cannot adequately express my thanks and appreciation to all of you.
I have been persuaded that, if re-elected to the Exco at our AGM, I should continue in the role of Treasurer. I would be honoured to further serve the HPA and its objectives.
Best wishes for the forthcoming year.


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Supplements Dominate Retail Health Market

A trend towards better healthcare as a preventive measure is reflected in South Africa’s burgeoning vitamins and supplements market, which grew at a compound annual rate of 13.5% from 2014 to 2016, during a time when the country’s economy was limping along at a GDP growth rate of just 1-2%.
“This shows that South Africans are serious about their health,” says Bruce Dennison, president of the Health Products Association of South Africa (HPASA), which champions quality standards in an industry that was worth R3,8 billion last year.
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There’s a new medical regulator in town

As far as the regulation of medicine is concerned, the local pharmaceutical industry has been long-suffering, waiting anything from two to seven years to register new medicines and clinical trials.
It’s been an absolute nightmare. Just ask any CEO of the 26-member companies of the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa (IPASA) – 99% will say this is their biggest challenge, says CEO Dr Konji Sebati. “With every delay there is a patient who suffers.”
However, with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) officially in place as of June 1, she hopes this debacle will come to an end. The authority takes over from the Medicines Control Council (MCC) – which has played this role since 1965 and ceased to exist on Wednesday.
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Herbalism is an ancient and respected form of medicine. The use of plants for medicinal purposes is an integral element of all cultures and has played a significant role in healing since prehistoric times. Also known as phyto medicine or botanical medicine, herbalism refers to the use of a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, fruits or flowers for therapeutic purposes. Herbalism is the science of using plants for treating and managing various conditions – from minor health complaints to serious illnesses – and the art of utilising nature’s medicine to protect and augment health and prolong life.

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Health Product Industry News from Around the World

Top Takeaways on the 2017 Global Supplements Market

Nutrition Business Journal’s senior industry analyst highlights where supplements sales are growing and what categories are strongest.
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CAM Use on the Rise Amongst Women

The use of complementary and alternative medicine, including dietary supplements and teas is increasing, with 89% of Hispanic women and and 81% of non-Hispanic white women reporting that they use the products, says a new survey.
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Ten Trends for 2018

Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts today announced the most anticipated food trends for the year ahead. Floral flavors, functional mushrooms and root-to-stem recipes are just a few of the picks expected to take off in 2018. The seasoned trend-spotters thoughtfully compiled this list based on more than 100 years of combined experience in product sourcing and studying consumer preferences.


Raising the Bar for the Nutrition Industry

Scientific advances help companies deliver differentiated products that meet preferences of health-conscious consumers.
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Lines between sports nutrition, weight management categories blur

Sports nutrition and weight loss products exist under a lifestyle theme that represents a $37.5 billion market. NBJ’s 2017 Sports Nutrition and Weight Management report digs in.
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Influencer Summit at Natural Products Expo East 2017 News
75 top influencers joined forces at Natural Products Expo East for inaugural Influencer Summit

On Sept. 13, more than 70 influencers came together at Natural Products Expo East to collaborate, learn from their peers and hone their missions and messages at the first-ever Influencer Summit, hosted by New Hope Network. Ed Maibach, professor and director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
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The Supplement OWL Seeks to Improve Transparency
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Supplements Central to Health & Wellness for Majority of Consumers

Hartman Group graphic shows supplement usage is strong despite attention on safety and quality standards.
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U.S. Retail Sales of Herbal Dietary Supplements Surpass $7 Billion

Increase of 7.7% for 2016 represents 13th consecutive year of sales growth. Read more:

New Path for Supplement Sales

A new report from Pure Branding explores subtleties and segments in the physician supplement market. Read more:

CRN Official Finds Common Ground with Author of Series of Articles Attacking Industry

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Is the Future of Vitamins in Vending Machines?

Vitamin vending machines are a thing, but are they a good thing? Opinions range from bullish to “a bad idea for public health.” Either way, they’re indicative of a shift toward direct-to-consumer distribution, which now represents the largest sales channel for multivitamins, among others.
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Online Sales of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements Surge 20% in $13.5 Billion U.S. Market

Online sales for vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) surged 20%, growing from $2 billion in 2016 to $2.4 billion in 2017, according to TABS Analytics’ 10th Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements Study. Much of the growth is due to the performance of brick and mortar online retailers, which outpaced Amazon and other pure play outlets in growth and gained almost 19 percentage points in online transaction share. Brick and mortar stores sales of VMS grew 3%. TABS Analytics estimated the annual U.S. VMS market grew 6% over 2016 and now stands at $13.5 billion in sales annually.
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Natural products retail grows at 7.4 percent clip in 2016

Organic and natural products retail sales continue to outpace conventional in 2016. Even with great growth, the keyword for the 2017 Natural Foods Merchandiser Market Overview survey remains “change.” Read more:

For Botanical Supplements, Sound Science Beats Celebrity Endorsements


 The Amazon impact: Whole Foods acquisition changes the rules for entire natural products industry

What does it mean when the biggest name online buys the biggest name in the natural channel?


2017 Supplement Business Report

Nutrition Business Journal’s Supplement Business Report reveals market size and growth in dietary supplements.


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Minerals are inorganic substances that originate in the earth. These micronutrients are absorbed from the soil by plants, and people assimilate their benefits either directly by eating vegetables and fruit, or indirectly by consuming animal products. As the human body cannot manufacture minerals, they must be derived from food or supplements.

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HPA WORKSHOP: A Practical Guide to GMP for CAMS & an Insight into Stability

The HPA is to host vitally important GMP workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Under the theme “A Practical Guide to GMP for CAMS & An Insight Into Stability”. The workshop will assist with understanding the procedures required GMP for CAMS focusing particularly on herbals and other complementary ingredients/products etc.  It will give an insight into  GMP requirements and  Stability.  This workshop is for any CAMS company personnel whether they be in marketing, sales, procurement or are manufacturers/raw material importers.  It is essential that these two requirements are understood by all involved in the CAMS industry.  The Workshop will de-mystify many concerns as companies/employees must ensure that they have the appropriate information as to how their products need to be GMP approved and also they should be assured that their contractors are GMP compliant and know what to look for.  Companies need to know that they are part of the link in the Consumer Protection Act and should have an appropriate amount of knowledge for each process needed to put a product onto the market.


TIME:   10H00 – 15H00

COST:    HPA MEMBERS: R500.00 for HPA Members- R250.00pp for every additional member from the same company:  i.e. R500.00 x 1 member  & R250.00 for each additional delegate from the same company
NON-HPA MEMBERS:    R800.00 per non-HPA Member
(Includes:  Refreshments & Conference Presentations)

09h30 – 10H00        REGISTRATION
10H00    -10H15        Welcome & Introduction:  Wayne Robinson Technical & Regulatory Director, HPA
10h15 – 11h00    DEBBIE FLANDORP: QA Manager & Responsible Pharmacist with many years’ experience in the CAMS field.   Principles of a GMP Environment as it relates to both local  and  international certification.

11h15-12h15     DERYCK SMITH : GMP Technical Advisor:    Pharma Facility Services Self-Inspections. A guide to a self-inspection as it relates to the manufacturing process, equipment with special focus on HVAC and facility layout.

11h45- 12h15    DERYCK SMITH:  This is a very practical presentation giving tips on what to look for when carrying out a self-inspection of the services and facility.  The presentation will also be able to be used by manufacturers as a template for doing a self-inspection. This will  mainly related to HVAC system or manufacturing equipment.

12h15 – 13h00        Refreshments
13h00 – 13h45        DEBBIE FLANDORP:  Stability from a quality compliance and regulatory perspective
13h45 – 14h30      DR. HERMAN JULSING: Operational Director, Stabil Labs. Insight into Stability Testing from a storage perspective & simplified requirements
14h30-15h00        Questions & Answer and Close


HPA Workshop Booking Form 2017 CT

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