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    "The HPA objective is defending, promoting, and enhancing the best interests of HPA members and the CAMS/HS Industry as a whole. 2017 was yet another period of high-level and high-speed activity, advocacy, achievement, disappointments, challenges and advancement for the HPA – on many fronts. Milestones: The year began very much in the same vein as 2016 ended, with impending regulations following four years of dedicated work by the HPA Scientific and Regulatory Committee’s work through the ITG to establish fair and appropriate regulations for Natural Health Products sector in South Africa. Our first meeting of 2017 on the 26th of January hosted a presentation by Neil Kirby of the legal environment which was thrown into further confusion by the rescindment of the 2002 call-up/in. Draft regulations were published on the 27th of January, the day after our meeting. A definition of Health Supplements was included for the first time, but the draft regulations were devoid of a revised road map. However, we were informed, via the ITG, that the regulations of 2013 were still in force. These did contain a call-up roadmap. Comments to the draft regulations were prepared by the HPA and submitted. Issues such as compliance costs and having to employ a responsible pharmacist remain problematic. A simplified CTD or electronic pre-registration screening system was once again suggested. Work continued with the Marketing Code Authority in trying to incorporate a CAMS marketing code. Workshops were held in both Johannesburg and Cape Town during March and April with presentations by Deryck Smith, Debbie Flandorp and Herman Julsing. GMP and Stability were discussed.   Later in the year the HPA hosted Dr Neil Gower in both Johannesburg and Cape Town that was very well attended A successful joint PR project with the Sunday Times gave the HPA some good exposure. There were two articles in the Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review and we would like to thank the Editor, Abby Vorster for providing the HPA with this platform.  Wayne Robinson as the HPA’s Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs was interviewed and once again we thank him for providing such a balanced view of the state of the industry. Our normal, ongoing media campaign was sustained. The HPA website and news letters continue to drive interest in the HPA. Our relationship with IADSA remains strong and HPA President, Bruce Dennison, met IADSA Executives Cynthia Rousselot and Simon Pettman in London. The SAHPRA board was announced but no CEO has yet been appointed. Only an informal SAHPRA meeting was held to preserve the MCC - in the interim it is expected that SAHPRA will be instituted early in 2018. Dr Joey Gouws, Registrar of Medicines has resigned from the MCC to take up a position with the WHO in Geneva. Port Health inconsistencies persist and are exacerbated with the 2002 call-up rescission but the old MB20.8 seem to be standing the industry in good stead and by all accounts, these are still the officially recognised documentation supporting imports. New Chair In July the HPA had its AGM and I was voted in as Chairlady of the HPA and Pravashini Govender as Vice-Chairlady. Long Awaited Regulations No sooner had I taken up position as Chairlady the long-awaited General Regulations to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 101 of 1965 (Regulations, 2017) was published on 25 August 2017.  These regulations have effectively defined ‘complementary medicine’ and ‘health supplement’ as Medicines. Legal experts believe that the regulations are broader than the definition of ‘medicine’ in Act 101 of 1965. It appears that the regulations purport to regulate substances that are not medicines, under the guise of regulating complementary medicines and health supplements. It appears that the MCC / DOH has not taken cognisance of any of the concerns and many submissions made by the HPA regarding the impossible nature of the Regulations.   As they have been published it is extremely difficult for most HPA members to comply and we will continue to pursue our objectives for appropriate regulations. The HPA is already working on a strategic plan that will involve professional lobbying, social media, the consumer, trade and the like. Above all, the HPA will continue to try and engage with the MCC & DoH. Legal Challenge The HPA will not be pursuing legal action. However many major natural health stakeholders are now involved in a possible litigation strategy, and an independent stakeholders group has been formed, namely, the Alliance of Natural Health Products (ANHP).  Their preparation for a legal challenge is already underway as this must be done before February 25th 2018. Current Regulatory Environment as Risk to Industry and SA Consumer The current regulatory framework demonstrates how the classing of Natural Health and Nutritional Products such as CAMS and Health Supplements as a subset of drugs will negatively impact the industry and the South African Consumers who use them; and it argues the legal and constitutional case for suspending, reviewing and revising the August 25th 2017 Regulations. The DoH has not done a single risk-analysis or impact study to determine the risk of these regulations on an industry that promotes and provides good health and wellness. The onerous requirements for licensing, responsible pharmacist, amongst other major concerns have the potential of not only stifling innovation at the heart of CAMS but also potentially enforcing the removal of tens of thousands of CAMS/HS supplements, safely accessible for years, from South Africans who rely upon them, by personal choice, for the maintenance of health. In short, the CAMS/HS industry and community is being dismantled by “Medicine is a Medicine” drug-style regulations now designed and destined to restrict access to health enhancing, health promoting natural health products in South Africa. Since 2013 regulations, the DoH have effectively halted new product innovation in the CAMS/HS industry to a virtual standstill. By stifling future discoveries and innovations, the continued regulatory sagas are exerting control over South African consumers’ health options and preventing an untold number of CAMS/HS benefits from reaching the public and providing health benefits, promoting wellness and keeping health care costs down. Advocacy The latest regulatory challenge has inspired advocacy and drawn together several stakeholders on a united cause.  A joint strategy has been formulated and the HPA along with the other parties have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the challenges ahead with a clear goal of continued engagement with the DoH as also Government as a whole. The joint collaboration with the broader industry has clearly shown that the Regulations are harmful to South Africans both physically and economically. Consumers are going to be faced with the loss of products they want and need. Products they have used successfully for everything from the sniffles to primary health care, to keeping healthy are set to cost more and potentially disappear altogether from the South African marketplace.  The net effect, whether products become unavailable or unaffordable will be dramatically reduced access to the right of choosing health care of choice. Natural Health Practitioners will be professionally and financially challenged by no longer being able to source the products they used to create effective therapeutic protocols for their clients’ health and wellness. Skilled professionals are being dictated to by untrained and inexperienced bureaucrats. Retailers are losing all manner of unique specialty products. As even more of these products are set to potentially either disappear or cost more, the selection in health and wellness categories will be affected. Distributors are unable to plan or trade, as all manner of products are increasingly challenged at or by Port Health and these are technical barriers to trade that are undermining our economic growth. This has put many respected suppliers of superior international products in a tenuous business situation, questioning the survival of their business. Manufacturers are having all manner of safe, effective and reputable products steamrolled into full Pharma GMP. Today, once robust and thriving South African CAMS/HS manufacturers are in a waiting game. The DoH ignorance and failure to engage with this vibrant industry is potentially directly harming the economic welfare of the large number of South African business’s whose livelihood is invested in this vibrant and growing business sector. A lot of jobs are at stake. The DoH is not applying the CAMS/HS regulations based on what is good for South Africans or for the economy. They are taking natural substances and traditional medicines which have been part of traditional use and/or global food chain for millennia and, enforcing regulations that are clearly inappropriate to the levels of risk involved, and which are now set to set to drive up costs, and putting at risk many good quality businesses. Growers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, health professionals and researchers will all suffer when the DoH’s full enforcement and compliance takes place. The South African Government and our Health Ministry and our MPs must be encouraged to support the development of a healthy CAMS/HS industry which is rich in entrepreneurial vitality instead of allowing the DoH to dismantle it. The greatest crisis facing South Africans in our healthcare system, for which millions of South Africans are privately insured, is the growing tension between constantly rising costs and declining outcomes. When South Africans use CAMS/HS, they ease the burden. It is the HPA’s intention to ensure a workable system that is sustainable, in developing and implementing a framework that best serves CAMS; Food/ Nutritional/Health Supplements; the DOH, Government Health Policies, and the South African Consumer. Engagement with Government on a workable alternative:  It is essential that when papers are served on the government by parties other than the HPA, and if and when the government agree to negotiate and work with the CAMS/HS industry, that industry has a resolution to the problems it faces and a solution that is workable and quick to implement.  The HPA has had such a resolution and framework ready and available for many years, particularly as in 2012, the MCC had in principle agreed to the use of the “listing/screening’ system and at the last hour walked away from it. Thus the HPA has the “screening/listing” system ready to provide to the DoH/SAHPRA as well as an electronic method of registration.  The details for this fast track registration needs very little updating and can be instigated very quickly.  HPA and the overall CAMS/HS Industry is prepared to fund this system and it will resolve the massive backlog of registrations that are waiting for screening at the DoH as is currently the case. Engagement with Alliances to Preserve the Industry We will act to ensure not only that fair and appropriate CAMS/HS regulations meet the objectives for  which they were intended, but also so that we can preserve an industry that many South Africans rely on for healthcare. The HPA will also collaborate with the Alliance for Natural Health Products, the THO, the TNHA, SMASA and other associations with the objective of creating a strong and united drive for a workable regulatory framework for CAMS/HS. Year 2018 beyond Regulatory Challenge is set to be a most dynamic year for the industry and we have many positive plans and goals in place. We will embark on an exciting strategy to showcase and upscale the knowledge, benefits, innovation, international trends and ground-breaking science that underpins the industry. We will do this through a comprehensive multi-channel communication strategy which will effectively uplift the credibility factor and thereby promote the positive, life-enhancing benefits of industry.  This will be achieved through a combination of PR, social media and CPD education initiatives amongst other innovative marketing concepts. Driving Education In July 2018 the HPA is bringing to South Africa world renowned Professor David Richardson to present a CPD accredited Longevity Conference:  "Redesigning a Long Life".  Nutrition and the ageing population is a very sought-after topic worldwide - we are all living longer and seeking to act and look younger! This lecture tour will be handled by a professional conference planner and will have a full PR and media plan around it designed to promote longevity within a health and wellness paradigm – which is so representative of HPA members. In addition there will be other business networking opportunities, seminars and workshops organized throughout the year. We are always pleased to have your suggestions for events, especially if this is backed by a willingness to help make it happen! Please contact me or any of the committee to discuss your ideas and any other issues you would like to bring to our attention. CAMS Marketing Code The HPA will finalise its CAMS Marketing Code and seeks to establish a self-regulatory model as also to continue to collaborate with the MCA and ASA for an independent CAMS Marketing Ethics Code. We will also ensure that the HPA Advisory Committee continues to handle all queries and complaints from both members and non-members.  It will become more pro-active and companies will be encouraged to submit advertising/claims/labelling/marketing concerns directly to the HPA Advisory Committee. Subscription News The HPA has this year had to increase its annual subscription by 9% - 7% of the increase is for general administration and the 2% increase will go directly to the HPA’s legal fund.  It is hoped that the HPA will not have to call for a further legal levy during the year. I take this opportunity to thank our President, Vice Chair, EXCO Council, and Secretariat for hours and hours of tireless work, generous sharing of expertise and know-how and for working as a team to keep the HPA at the forefront of CAMS/HS industry in South Africa. On behalf of the HPA EXCO, let me end by once again thanking you for your support and endorsement of our efforts, and pledge to work even more strenuously for you in the year ahead. We wish you a safe and very happy Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, joy, productivity and prosperity. Maria Ascencao Chairperson December 12th 2017


    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.

    "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."

    Chairman’s Report - July 2017 Condolences: 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. Finance: 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. Conclusion: 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. NORMAN FELS
  • 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. Read more:    

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  •  ASEAN Health Supplement Sector Set to Become a Global Powerhouse – April 2015


  • IADSA and CFDA Celebrates 10 Year of Cooperation – July 2014
  • CRN and IADSA Partner for Broader Reach – July 2014
  • Korea Health Supplements Association (KHSA) to Become Member of IADSA – June 2014
  • IADSA Global Leadership Award Annoucement in Verona, Italy – April 2014
  • First scorecard published on Health Supplements Harmonisation in ASEAN – February 2014


  • IADSA focuses on stability testing and safety as part of its 3-year scientific and technical programme – August 2013
  • IADSA holds expert workshop on applying Codex guidelines – August 2013
  • Codex adopts NRVs at levels supported by IADSA – July 2013
  • Codex increasingly a key reference point for food supplement regulators says IADSA – July 2013
  • IADSA gives first-ever Global Leadership Awards – May 2013
  • IADSA to hold Annual General Meeting in April – April 2013
  • Codex endorses IADSA recommendations to prioritise Magnesium Stearate evaluation for GSFA inclusion – April 2013


  • IADSA keeps the focus on health food regulations in China – October 2012
  • Codex additives inclusions good news for the dietary supplement sector says IADSA – August 2012
  • IADSA re-elects chair Peter Zambetti for second term – April 2012
  • India FSSA a positive step for supplements says IADSA – April 2012
  • Key supplement additives up for inclusion in Codex standard – March 2012
  • IADSA welcomes Mexico association into its fold – February 2012
  • IADSA keeps the focus on additives at Codex – February 2012


  • Codex sets up e-Working Group on Nutrient Reference Values revision – November 2011
  • IADSA suggests framework for bioactives recommended intake – November 2011
  • Scientific Forum debates food supplement science and regulation issues – October 2011
  • IADSA lays out the science in support of supplements for micronutrient adequacy – October 2011
  • Latin America gets first regional food supplement association – September 2011
  • Supplement regulation discussions in Latin America promising, says IADSA – September 2011
  • Supplement regulation across Latin America on ‘official’ agenda – August 2011
  • IADSA to hold 4th scientific forum – August 2011
  • Demand grows for global food supplement GMP guide – August 2011
  • India nutraceuticals market on the rise – July 2011
  • Codex decides on key issues for food supplement sector – July 2011
  • IADSA saves key additive from deletion at Codex – July 2011
  • IADSA releases first ever global GMP guide – June 2011
  • Codex abandons definition and labelling work on GMOs – June 2011
  • Central America and Caribbean regulators meet to discuss supplement regulation – May 2011
  • IADSA saves key additives from deletion at Codex – April 2011
  • IADSA to release first ever global GMP guide – March 2011
  • IADSA highlights global food supplement trends in 2011 agenda – February 2011
  • IADSA expands global arena as Brazilian and Vietnam associations join – February 2011


  • La regulación de los suplementos alimenticios en América Latina toma impulso en la Conferencia de IADSA – Noviembre 2010
  • IADSA Conference gathers momentum on food supplement regulation across Latin America – November 2010
  • Global food supplement associations meet to define world regulation – March 2010
  • Global food supplement sector hold their Annual Meeting – February 2010


  • IADSA clarifies myths surrounding Codex’s work on food supplements – October 2009
  • Top officials meet in Moscow forinternational food supplement conference – July 2009
  • Codex adopts key provisions for food supplements – July 2009
  • Top officials to meet in Moscow at international food supplement conference – May 2009
  • Codex agrees additives for use in food supplements – March 2009
  • South East European officials meet for Training Forum on supplements – March 2009
  • IADSA keeps the spotlight on Latin America in 2009 – February 2009
  • IADSA strengthens ties as two associations join – January 2009


  • Codex agrees risk analysis principles for nutrients – November 2008
  • Codex agrees to consider ALL evidence for scientific basis of health claims – November 2008
  • IADSA pushes for consideration of ALL evidence for Codex scientific basis of health claims – October 2008
  • Health claims based only on human intervention studies not practical says IADSA – August 2008
  • IADSA workshop keeps the focus on Latin America – July 2008
  • Seminar looks to global TMHS regulations for ASEAN model – June 2008
  • Workshop highlights dietary supplement regulation in Mexico – June 2008
  • IADSA celebrates decade of global regulatory achievements – May 2008
  • IADSA welcomes new chairman at 2008 Annual General Meeting – May 2008
  • Expert workshop targets food supplement regulation in Mexico – April 2008
  • IADSA strengthens ties as new association joins – January 2008
  • Regulatory change a boost for emerging supplement markets says IADSA – January 2008


  • Codex to redraft health claims recommendations – December 2007
  • IADSA keeps up the fight for reasonable food additive levels – November 2007
  • Health claims based only on human intervention studies unrealistic says IADSA – October 2007
  • Senior regulators give guidance on accessing Russian market – September 2007
  • IADSA helps companies access Russian Supplement market – August 2007
  • IADSA strengthens ties with the Philippines – August 2007
  • IADSA workshop targets supplement market in Russia – August 2007
  • Regional ginseng regulation should focus on just one species, says IADSA – July 2007
  • Codex adopts additives at IADSA’s advised levels – July 2007
  • Companies urged to take part in global market survey – June 2007
  • IADSA’s action to retain additives yields positive results – May 2007
  • IADSA Workshop an ‘official’ success – April 2007
  • IADSA rates global regulatory improvements ‘six out of ten’ – April 2007
  • Hopes for Codex inclusion of Precautionary Principle dashed – April 2007
  • IADSA highlights healthier ageing at Yokohama Workshop – March 2007
  • IADSA workshop gathers official momentum – March 2007
  • International experts dispute conclusions of antioxidant review – February 2007
  • IADSA sets the agenda for 2007 – February 2007
  • IADSA keeps up the fight for key additives in food supplements – February 2007


  • Asia in the spotlight as dietary supplement regulation evolves – December 2006
  • IADSA assesses safety levels for Bioactives – November 2006
  • Regional dietary and health supplement industry grouping created in Singapore – July 2006



  • International agreement reached on vitamins and minerals in Food Supplements – November 2004
  • Codex Commission makes historic decision on Guidelines on Vitamins and Minerals – July 2004
  • All Eyes on Prague for Future of Supplement Legislation – July 2004
  • Enlarged European Union will meet to develop the Future of Food Supplements – April 2004


  • Latin American governments agree need for common approach to supplements regulation – Nov 2003
  • Codex Committee breaks through the barriers to Consumers’ use of Food Supplements – November 2003


  • Supplements Essential to Manage Japanese Health Care – October 2002
  • First Asian Conference demands increased dialogue on Food Supplements – September 2002
  • IADSA Summary of Vitamin and Mineral Recommended nutrient intakes  – July 2002
  • Dietary Supplements: First Asian Conference of Government and Industry – May 2002
  • Three More Dietary Supplement Associations Join IADSA – March 2002


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Events & Training




HPA EXECUTIVE & GENERAL MEETINGS:  12h30-15h00  15h30-17h00
•    Thursday February 1st
•    Thursday April 5th Thursday April 19th
•    Thursday June 7th
•    Thursday August 2nd
•    Thursday October 4th
•    Thursday December 6th

•    Thursday March 15th
*    Thursday June 28th
•    Thursday September 13th
•    Thursday November 15th

•    Thursday March 8th
•    Thursday July 5th
•    Thursday September 6th
•    Thursday November 8th



The HPA is investigating the opportunity of exhibiting at the above exhibition which is the largest health food trade show in Europe.  This is ideal for companies large and small who are interested in exporting their products.
The cost of exhibiting are largely borne by the DTI.  There are two categories
A)    Companies with a turnover of less than R25million per annum
B)    Companies with a turnover in access of R25milion
The DTI contribute costs towards travel, accommodation, promotional material and exhibition place.
As a matter of urgency please advise your interest in this project.  We are hoping to accommodate a maximum of ten companies who will fly the SA  flag and the HPA.
Please advise us of your interest in this project asap and then we shall commence with this matter.  All details needs to be finalised by the middle of February.
For more information contact:
Tel: (00 27) 11 789 4464


IADSA will be holding its 20th Anniversary in June 2018 in London, the city where the Alliance was originally founded and is based today. The Association looks forward to seeing many industry stakeholders at the Annual Week, both to reflect on the progress made over the past twenty years and to look forward to the future. It would also like to invite people to formally celebrate the Anniversary at the Sky Garden, one of the most exciting locations in London.
The meetings will be held at the Hilton Tower Bridge. However, in view of the many good hotel options at varying prices in the area, a block booking has not been fixed.
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NutraIngredients’ Probiota is the leading annual event for the global prebiotic , probiotic and the microbiota focused food and pharma industries. Once again, partnering with the IPA, the IPA World Congress + Probiota 2018 is coming to Barcelona, Spain and will bring together leading experts to present the latest scientific, technical and market insights.  Business and academia from around the globe will come together to discuss innovation and growth in today’s market.
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