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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


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Another eventful year has passed at great speed. I am happy to report that good progress has been made in, inter alia, our quest for appropriate regulations, a relaunch of the HPA (with a new logo and impressive website), our media exposure and MCA membership.
Our Scientific and Regulatory Committee, under the directorship of Wayne Robinson, has been engaging with the Regulators via the ITG and has succeeded in effectively communicating our position – particularly vis-à-vis our concerns relating to Licensing and RP issues as well as the costs and complexity of compliance. This has been done in a non-confrontational atmosphere and in a spirit of cooperation.
Breaking news is that the SAHPRA General Regulations, which will incorporate CAMS, have been approved by the DoH/MCC and will be published in January with a 30 day comment period. This is great news, particularly for the HPA Exco members, as we can take a breather and avoid an analysis and rushed submission of comments during the holidays.
We are planning a series of regular workshops during 2017 which will focus on all the above issues.
We have had several meetings with and have built on our superb relationship with IADSA who offer us great assistance. Special thanks to Simon Pettman and Cynthia Rousselot for their input and friendship. They have also engaged with the Regulators and have been invited to return.
We have also worked closely with Ethicore, our political advisors, who have given us valuable insight into the current governmental complexities, political developments and strategic direction. Presentations made to our Exco and membership in both Johannesburg and Cape Town were well received.
Our membership base is increasing as is our capacity to enhance HPA membership benefits. SMAC has offered guidance and assistance to many of our members and our PR efforts are bearing fruit.
I would like to record my thanks and sincere appreciation to all HPA members, the Exco, Janet Welham and Deirdre Allen for their support during a difficult year. We have a very good team and will continue to strive for excellence.
I wish you all a superb and tranquil festive season, safe travelling and good health in 2017. May the New Year deliver exactly what you have in mind!
Norman Fels:  Chairman
December 12th 2016

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Integrative Medicine (IM) is an emerging paradigm in healthcare evolution. A growing trend amongst practitioners, IM is the combination of allopathic Western medicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAMS). It moves away from the ‘either/or’ mentality and embraces a holistic approach that incorporates various therapies.

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The Chairman & Executive Council of the Health Products Association are pleased to announce that
Wayne Robinson, has been newly appointed HPASA Director of Scientific and Regulatory  Affairs and the
voice of the HPASA with regard to all legislative matters.

Robinson has extensive insight into and experience in the manufacturing of CAMS and health products.
Wayne qualified with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Witwatersrand and
Cum Laude in Production Management from Production Management Institute of Southern Africa.
With 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and CAMS industry, he is knowledgeable regarding
manufacturing, distribution, regulation and sales within this dynamic market.

Robinson’s experience has been gained from various companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Alliance
Pharmaceuticals, Pharma Natura, GNLD and Azochem Laboratories. He has worked in South Africa, East
and West Africa, Europe and America; and firmly believes that the South African manufacturing industry
is capable of matching those in first world environments. Wayne has been Operations Director at a
leading CAMS Manufacturer and Packer, Azochem Laboratories, since 2009 and is now the Sales and
Technical Director dealing directly with clients, product development and regulatory issues.

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The manufacturing process of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS) and health supplements must adhere to strict regulations and quality standards set out by Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). The Health Products Association of South Africa (HPASA) is committed to developing and maintaining standards that support and foster these regulations, and that work towards an ethical, credible and relevant health-products industry in South Africa.

Wayne Robinson, newly appointed HPASA Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and the voice of the HPASA with regard to legislative matters, has extensive insight into and experience in the manufacturing of CAMS and health products. Wayne qualified with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Witwatersrand and was Cum Laude in Production Management from Production Management Institute of Southern Africa. He has 15 years’ experience in the CAMS and pharmaceutical industry. He is well versed in manufacturing, distribution, regulation and sales within this dynamic market. His experience has been gained from international and market leading South African companies: including GlaxoSmithKline; Alliance Pharmaceuticals; Pharma Natura; GNLD and Azochem Laboratories. Wayne has worked extensively in Africa including East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania and in Nigeria and Ghana in West Africa. International training in Europe and America further highlighted Wayne’s belief that the South African manufacturing industry is capable of equalling the industry standards of first world environments. Wayne was the Operations Director at Azochem Laboratories, a leading CAMS Manufacturer and Packer, since 2009 and transitioned into the Sales and Technical Director Role in 2013. He now deals directly with clients, product development and regulatory issues.

“Having highly skilled and trained staff is essential to ensuring that the manufacturing process is of the highest standard from start to finish,” Robinson says. Supporting this philosophy, are his own manufacturing company’s professional personnel which include pharmacists, pharmacist assistants, microbiologists, engineers, and research and development (R&D) chemists.

Each manufacturing process begins with developing the product with the end user benefits in mind. This GMP principle of “Pharmaceutical Quality by Design” (QbD) means that quality is built into the product from the start.

It is essential that the sourcing of the correct product, raw and packaging materials, must be from approved and accredited suppliers. Having suppliers adhere the same GMP standards is imperative to maintain product integrity. The R&D, Quality-Assurance (QA) and procurement teams play a vital role in this first step. Verifying the input quality of the starting materials in the manufacturing process is of a high standard, ensures end product quality.

“The manufacturing facility and all equipment used must adhere to GMP quality standards and must be fit for purpose. The verification/validation of equipment makes sure the equipment runs efficiently and for its intended purpose. Validation also ensures that the process is repeatable within product limits and from batch to batch. The design of the manufacturing facility is also essential to ensure that GMP is achieved. This design starts with the Class 8/ISO14644 HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems, as well as full ISO-walled surfaces especially in primary manufacturing and packing areas. These controls help to create a clean-room environment that enables easy cleaning and limits cross-contamination from product to product,” says Robinson.

Throughout the manufacturing process, products must be monitored during and after each critical step by the QC & QA teams. This includes on-line manufacturing and packing QC checkers, lab analysts, microbiologists and a QA Manager. “A thorough system, needs to be put into place, to ensure that every step of the process is rigidly & independently examined, so that the product or intermediates meet the approved specification prior to them being transferred to the next stage,” says Robinson. QC & QA departments verify that the manufacturing process is independently monitored and that quality is maintained throughout manufacturing, packing, storage and distribution of the products.

Brand owners require that their products fulfil the dietary supplementation and health benefit that their consumers rely on. These finished products must have quality befitting a high CAMS standard and be received timeously, so they can be affordably priced and merchandised, ready for their targeted consumers. In order to give the customer the best value, GMP & QbD principles that build value into the system, should be applied at each stage and not just rubber-stamped at the end.

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