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PROFESSOR ROY JOBSON RIP

The HPA Executive Council has learnt of the unexpected death of Professor Roy Jobson. Professor Jobson was Head of the Division of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Rhodes University, Chairperson of the Rhodes University Ethical Standards Committee, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University amongst other eminent positions that he held. He was a former member of the Medicines Control Council (MCC), former Chairperson of the MCC’s Pharmacovigilance Committee and a former member of the MCC’s Clinical Trials Committee and it was in these areas that the HPA engaged with him.

The HPA and its members wish to express their condolences to his wife, family and colleagues. His family have stated that Professor Jobson died on Saturday January 26th 2019 at his home. He had difficulty breathing following pneumonia.

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IN THE NEWS

January 2019

The American Pain Association Applauds the Historic Passage of the Farm Bill and Launches Hotline for CBD Education
http://www.alternative-therapies.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/Content.Main/id/1117#4

Nine natural food, beverage and supplement trends to prepare for in 2019
https://www.newhope.com/products-and-trends/9-natural-food-beverage-and-supplement-trends-2019

Big issues for 2019: CBD, the microbiome and more
https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2019/01/03/The-big-issues-for-2019-CBD-the-microbiome-and-more

Chart topping health tips on social media
https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2019/01/03/Put-a-pin-in-it-The-chart-topping-health-tips-shared-on-social-media

State of the Nutraceuticals Industry for 2019
Survey results indicate high degree of confidence in the future of the dietary supplement and nutritional products industry.
https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2018-12/view_features/state-of-the-nutraceuticals-industry-for-2019

2019 International Buyers’ Guide
An annual reference of companies supplying nutraceutical ingredients, products, and services around the world.
https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2018-12/view_features/2019-international-buyers-guide

MPs want complementary, traditional and natural medicine to rescue health system from financial crisis
A UK Parliamentary Group has handed down a report advising the UK National Health Service (NHS) to integrate complementary, traditional and natural medicine to ensure the future sustainability of the public healthcare system.
https://www.yourhealthyourchoice.com.au/news-features/mps-want-complementary-traditional-and-natural-medicine-to-rescue-health-system-from-financial-crisis

 

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HPA HEADLINES DECEMBER 2018

The HPA wishes all members, colleagues, friends and family a happy and fun-filled holiday season.

THE HPA:
ACTIVELY ASSISTING THE HEALTH PRODUCTS INDUSTRY

Since its inception in 1976, the HPA has worked consistently and tirelessly to promote and protect the health products industry in South Africa – a task that has been both intense and challenging. The HPA provides information, comprehensive service and assistance to all members and the industry at large, while confronting and defusing regulatory challenges. Over the years, the HPA has worked closely with the International Alliance of Dietary / Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) and subsequently has notched up numerous achievements and positively influenced various aspects of trading, functioning and operating within the industry

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TRADITIONAL HEALERS ORGANISATION MEDIA REPORT ON CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

“Scores of THO members from around Gauteng province and the Rastafarian community came to the Constitutional Court on September 18 to listen to Deputy Chief Judge Zondo handing down judgement on the use of dagga. When the judgement was handed down the entire court was in jubilation. We got super excited because the court ruled that;

1. The criminalisation of private use and cultivation of dagga is unconstitutional;

2. Adults are now free to handle dagga for healing and recreational purposes including even growing it for use in their homes. However, public smoking and commercial activities are prohibited.

3. The Constitution Court confirmed that the 2017 Western Cape high court judgement by Judge Dennis Davis that found the ban on dagga use at home was unconstitutional and therefore, against the right to privacy.

This was a case supported by the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO), brought to court by Garreth Prince, Jeremy Acton and Jonathan Ruben. Interestingly, many government departments including health, south African police services and social development were opposed to dagga being used privately but were again proven unconstitutional and inconsistent by the Constitutional Court.

The Constitutional Court accepted medical studies from applicants lawyers which showed that alcohol caused more harm than dagga and that there is little data to show that banning of dagga would reduce harmful use.

Action
Parliament was given 2 years to amend all racist, apartheid laws that prohibits private use of dagga. Court granted interim relief that allows personal use at private spaces such as home and Healers clinics.

THO Action
We will meet with the Cannabis Development Council of South Africa to discuss how this use will be regulated so that children and families are not directly affected by negligence

Educate Healers on how they will have to implement and action the court judgement to benefit patients

Host and sign partnerships with key stakeholders such as the SAPS to monitor actions of members and people who will be involved at community level

Lesson learnt
Let us refrain from violating people’s right to equality, dignity and freedom of religion. No one, not even your local authority or pastor holds such rights against you. When confronted with such a situation just rise above it and hold people against it, we will support you all the way.

On this note, we wish you a blessed African New Year this September 23 and a fantastic Heritage month. What a great way to enter an African New Year.”

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HPA HEADLINES JULY 2018

AYURVEDA – THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

The sages of India developed the advanced and powerful medical system – Ayurveda – more than 3 000 years ago. Ayur, which translates as Life, and Veda, which means Science or Knowledge, is referred to as The Science of Life. Not simply a system for treating disease, it offers great insight and wisdom intended to help people live vibrantly healthy lifestyles, as well as to realise their full human potential.

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THE HPA IS NOT TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SAHPRA

This statement serves to rectify a report by Natural Medicine World on 26 February, 2018, which stated that the HPA was involved in legal action against the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

I confirm that the HPA is not taking legal action against the SAHPRA. This is in line with our strategy outlined in my Chairperson’s Report at the end of 2017,

The HPA’s strategy is to continue in a process of collaborative engagement with government, and this remains firmly on track. And, our goal of seeking a practical, workable solution for the CAMS/HS industry remains key to all of our engagement efforts. The HPA will therefore continue working towards fair CAMS/HS regulations to preserve an industry which millions of South Africans rely on daily for a healthy lifestyle.

The HPA is aware of the legal challenge by the Alliance of Natural Health Products Association (ANHPA) and other stakeholders and has communicated that it is ready and willing to help find a workable solution to be implemented expeditiously should the government agree to negotiate with the CAMS/HS industry.

The HPA has already drafted such a resolution and framework in the form of the “listing/screening” system, initially agreed to and then rejected by the MCC in 2012. This framework is currently being revised to incorporate an electronic notification and registration system that is used internationally by our peers, and will be ready for presentation when required.

In the interim, the HPA will continue to collaborate and engage with the Department of Health and SAHPRA, as well as with national and international alliances and associations, including IADSA, CRN, ITG, SMASA, ANHP, MCA, THO, TNHA and others, aimed at creating a strong and united drive for a workable regulatory framework for the CAMS/HS industry.

Sincerely


Maria Ascencao
Chairperson

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HPA HEADLINES MARCH 2018

 

THE MAGIC OF ESSENTIAL OILS

The popularity of essential oils is increasing exponentially. These organic plant compounds, most commonly associated with aromatherapy, have remarkable therapeutic properties that can benefit physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Essential oils are concentrated, fragrant liquids that are extracted from the bark, flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds or roots of plants, thus incorporating the highly aromatic ‘essence’ of the plant

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