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.