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


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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“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.

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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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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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.


Maria Ascencao

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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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Health Product Industry News From Around The World

December 2018

Cannabis in the workplace

November 2018

Omega-3s May Reduce Risk of Premature Birth

‘The Adventurous Consumer’ Tops Innova Market Insights’ 2019 Key Trend List

New ginger study makes incredible discovery

How could Brexit impact the sports nutrition category?

October 2018

Marketing CBD is mainly about risk tolerance

Elevating the herbal supplement marketplace

Data reveals trends and habits, reaffirm industry trust of American consumers and dietary supplement use

Ten highlights from CRN workshop

Probiotics: CRN VP says increased scrutiny is ‘not unexpected’; CFU issue needs to be resolved to satisfy scientists.

Global Wellness Market Reaches $4.2 Trillion

Medical cannabis treats cancer and boosts the immune system, say scientists after reviewing more than 100 studies

Naturally Healthy Ingredients Trend on Social Media

Trendspotting: From naturally functional to vegan, and probiotics to Ayurveda and fermented foods.

Probiotics continuously improving, while still showing aspects of variability

Pharma grade CBD reschduled to the least restrictive category in the US



September 2018

The Rise of Beauty Supplements in the US

Serious Superfood: Plant-based supplement start-up says transparency is a ‘basic consumer right’.

US supplement sales top $8 billion, notch 8,5% growt, ABC reports says.

L-theanine is crucial for improving brain health and mental well-being

August 2018

Nutritional psychiatry: Accessing the gut to address the brain

Mandatory folic acid fortification of bread  backed by experts in New Zealand

Kellogg and Reckitt Benckiser join race for GSK nutrition unit

Transforming energy drinks with natural, organic ingredients

Organic personal-care market projected to reach $25.11 billion by 2025


Gut-Brain Axis: New study proposes probiotic strain’s benefit in ameliorating IBS-related


Emerging Supplement Market for Esports


Will Supplements Be Regulated Along With Drugs?

Incredible Growth of Plant-Based Products


July 2018

Protein, probiotics, CBD spur supplements growth
New products kick-start growth, but a retailer’s ability to answer questions about those products determines success in supplements.

Why do Teenagers use Supplements and Where Do They Get Their Advice?

Sassy South African Retailer Riding The Wellness Wave
With its smart store vibe and skilfully curated product offer, South African retailer Wellness Warehouse has been creating quite an impact on the country’s natural and organic channel.

Omega 3 News


CRN rebukes another null study on multivitamins and heart health: “They are not intended to serve as magic bullets”

Supplement sales grow 5.4 percent to reach $43.4B in 2017

CRN Voluntary Guidelines Reinforce Industry Commitment to Consumer Safety

JUNE 2018

Saffron for Emotional Health
Research shows some strong benefits for brain and mood.

Saffron spices up mental health research

Taking Aim at the Global Heart Health Crisis
Functional ingredients provide consumers with tools to combat a worldwide decline in cardiovascular health.

Is PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) The Ultimate Anti-Aging “Vitamin” For Your Brain?

How berberine works to slow diabetes-related cognitive decline in Rejuvenation Research

Are Supplements Really Useless?

U.S. Organic Market Reaches Record $49.4 Billion
The sector has more than doubled in size over the last decade, according to Organic Trade Association survey.

MAY 2018

Trending Ingredients at Vitafoods Europe


The Analyst’s Take: 20 percent of supplement consumers expect to increase e-commerce purchases

Vitamin D More Effective than Pharmaceutical Drugs in Treating Herpes Virus

Global Astaxanthin Market to Exceed $1 Billion by 2020

APRIL 2018

Study: Coconut Oil and Other Natural Products Kill Antibiotic Resistant Clostridium Difficile

Nutrition Companies Target Aging Boomers as Interest in Millennials Grows


Effects on functional brain activity of four weeks’ supplementation with a multivitamin and mineral supplement

Probiotics found to offset the detrimental effects of stress on the immune system

Newsweek: “Is Marijuana the World’s Most Effective Treatment for Autism?”

MARCH 2018

Study: Magnesium Found to Treat Depression Better Than Antidepressant Drugs

Dietary Supplement Caucus Briefing Covers Sports Nutrition Products

Don’t Throw Calcium on the Trash Heap because of Possible Anomalous Study, CRN Urges

Years of Pelvic Pain from Endometriosis Gone After Ingesting Virgin Coconut Oil for Six Months

Cannabis proven an effective alternative form of pain relief for elderly patients, allowing many to quit taking dangerous meds, research finds

Curcumin helps reduce muscle soreness and injury pain after physical activity, according to study

TCM herbs found to be safe and very effective for treating “diabetic foot” (neuropathy): Meta-analysis and review

Brazillian Regs to be Altered to Finally Create Distinct Category for Supplements

Keep Up Magnesium Intake To Make Vitamin D Effective

Vitamin D Plus Olive Oil Could Aid Muscle Repait

Why Magnesium Is Essential For Your Health And Energy Levels

Four Science-Backed Benefits of Chlorella

Researchers Stress the Potential for Nutraceuticals

 “Yo-Yo” Weight Gain May Be Casued By Gut Bacteria

Better, safer, less expensive than drugs: Scientists say vitamin D could replace your meds, prevent and even reverse disease

Curcumin Supplement Takes the Pain out of Rugby Tackle After-Effects, Study Finds

Mintel Finds Over Half of Americans Report Living Healthier in 2017

Although physical health is a top priority, mental, and emotional health habits are also high on the list.
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For Herbs, 2017 was a Very Good Year

The past year has been a good one for the industry, with sales reising towards $8 billion and supporting clinical evidence for the category contnuuing to accrue.
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Nutrition Survey Finds Consumers Seeking Fermented Foods

National survey of over 2,000 dietitians reveals movement toward clean, natural, and simple foods.
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Reliability Reigns for Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

Consumers take and trust products to achieve their health and wellness goals, and to fill nutrient gaps in their diet.
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Wayne Robinsons has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Afriplex (Pty) Ltd in Paarl, Western Cape. The HPA is pleased to announce that Wayne Robinson will remain on the HPA Executive Council as the Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. Wayne will also remain the HPA representative on the Industry Task Group (ITG), CAMS Working Group and the Marketing Code Authority Board.  We at the HPA wish Wayne every success in his future endeavours, and we are delighted that he will remain an integral part of the HPA Executive.

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