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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."

    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:    
  • 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. Reada more:


    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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  •  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 EXCO MEETINGS:    12H30-15H30:  Bryanston Country Club
    HPA GENERAL MEETINGS 15H30-17H30: Bryanston Country Club
    •    Thursday November 30th
    HPA MEETINGS  10h00-12h00: Kelvin Grove
    •    Thursday October 19th


•    Johannesburg:  Thursday November 2nd
•    Cape Town:  Thursday November 9th

These two workshops will cover the following topics:-
•    Preparation for CTD applications
•    Evaluation/Classification of products
•    Wording that will differentiate between a CAMS and a HS
•    CAMS License Applications
The full programme/speakers/venue/times will be sent to you as soon as they are finalised but the dates are confirmed.  The timing will probably be from about 10h00-14h00;  this seems to be a time frame that suits most people


Global Human Nutrition & Wellness Forum – Health Food and Supplement Special  will be held on November 6-7, 2017 at Fleming’s Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City, Germany.
Many of the world’s leading functional food and dietary supplement manufacturers like Amway, NBTY, Holland & Barrett, Doppelherz, Bayer, GNC, GSK, DANONE, Nestle, General Mills etc. will be attending again as either the speakers or the delegates. The forum will also gain the support from governments and associations like European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers, U.S Federal Drug and Food Administration, European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance, Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association as well as Ministry of Commerce China to give deep insight into the latest policies and regulations.
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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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