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  • SAHPRA PRESS RELEASE: EXEMPTION OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING CANNABIDIOL

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  • HPA SUCCESSFULLY ENGAGING WITH SAHPRA

    THE GOOD NEWS

    There has been extensive and comprehensive work by the HPA Executive Council to engage with SAHPRA at the highest level, as well as other government aligned bodies and business organizations as part of the strategic lobbying, government liaison and industry alliance plan, which I fully disclosed to all members in my Chairperson’s report in December 2017. This goal has been underpinned by the HPA’s spirit of working towards a structured industry engagement as a source of strength, not conflict. This has been at the core of my personal commitment to both the HPA and the industry alongside the HPA Executive Council. This strategy is now coming to fruition and I am pleased to advise you that there is an imminent solution to the regulatory quagmire that the August 2017 regulations imposed on the CAMS/HS industry. I am so pleased to inform you all that this is about to be announced following enormous constructive engagement by the HPA with SAHPRA, in which my EXCO and I, have been fully involved. The imminent SAHPRA announcement is anticipated to provide the way forward for CAMS/HS, and thereby should also address the impending November 2019 deadline which has been a major cause for concern by industry - and the HPA is engaging constructively and working hard to resolve this. We have been successful in getting the HPA to host the “South African Port Health Requirements: Port Health and Importation Requirements” workshop with Mr Griffith Molewa that will take place at the Bryanston Country Club on Thursday, 30th May 2019, from 09h30 to 11h00. The goal of this workshop is to have SAHPRA address an issue which is impeding normal business operations for an Industry that is wanting to be responsible, legally compliant and to be able to effectively apply functional best practice to their respective businesses. Mr Griffith Molewa’s presentation is designed to empower HPA and general industry members to understand the step by step process of what needs to be done prior to importation in compliance with current regulations, what to do when the importation process is challenged by Port Health, with whom to liaise when this happens, and how to generally enable a beleaguered industry to resolve issues safely, expediently and effectively, hand in hand with SAHPRA. Yours in Service, Sincerely MARIA ASCENCAO Chairperson Health Products Association of Southern Africa "The HPA: Promoting and protecting the Health Products Industry"
  • DR JOHN HANCOCK: RIP

    DR JOHN HATHCOCK, a legend of the natural products industry, has died. For many years he was Senior Vice President, Scientific and International Affairs for US CRN and worked with IADSA across the world. He was the first recipient of the IADSA Leadership Award in 2013. The HPA, and particularly those who met or knew John, are very sad to hear of his death. John visited South Africa on two occasions at the invitation of the HPA - attending the IADSA AGM held in Cape Town in 2000, and two years later he gave a series of extremely successful and informative lectures countrywide. He was a good friend to the South African industry and assisted the HPA on numerous occasions. ‘John was a genuine legend, helping drive forward the scientific basis for our sector worldwide, always communicating with excitement and passion to scientists, government and to the industry. says IADSA’s Simon Pettman. “There is no doubt that John changed the world and all of us benefit to some extent from this today.” The HPA sends heartfelt condolences to his wife Susan and family.
  • HPA SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL GRANT

    The global spotlight shone on South Africa when the Health Products Association of Southern Africa (HPA) was awarded the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplements Associations (IADSA) Grant 2019, as announced on 10 April at IADSA’s Annual Week in Sydney, Australia. The prestigious grant is awarded to the association that IADSA deems has made a positive and noteworthy contribution to the dietary supplements industry worldwide: IADSA’s 64 member-countries are annually invited to participate. The HPA project submission for the IADSA Grant – “HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS DOWN- SCHEDULING AND EXPANDING ON SUBSTANCES” - was prepared by HPA Associate, Janet Welham of Saige Business Consulting, a long-term member of the South African industry. Criteria for winning included that the project be replicable in other countries or regions, serve as an example of a best practice, have the potential to create change and make progress, and be fully achievable given the right resources and inputs. The HPA has to date successfully initiated: • the down-scheduling of Silimarin (Milk Thistle)[S0] • the introduction of probiotics as health supplements [S0] • the down-scheduling of Methionine – 210mg limit [S0] • the down-scheduling of 5HTP – less than 220mg with health supplement claims [S0] The application to down-schedule these substances was presented to the South African Department of Health, which approved and actioned the appeal. “The HPA’s ambition is to target further substances on the current schedule list and motivate for their down-scheduling, as well as to motivate that further substances be included in the current Schedule 0 health supplement list,” says Welham. HPA Chairperson, Maria Ascencao, enthusiastically thanked IADSA on behalf of the HPA’s 120 member companies and everyone in South Africa involved in the health products industry. “Thank you for this incredible grant about which we are absolutely thrilled. It’s going to make all the difference to us in fast-tracking a listing system that will help us self-regulate and showcase how easy it is to list a health product or complementary medicine in South Africa…it will empower us on the journey to engaging comprehensively and successfully with our regulators.” IADSA – of which the HPA is a Founding Member - was created in 1998 to meet the increasing need for expertise, knowledge and experience on issues relating to supplements. Today, it is the global platform to guide the evolution of policy and regulation in the sector, and has partnerships in countries and regions where supplement regulation and policy is being developed, modified or harmonised. A central role of IADSA is to ensure the creation of a strong network of national and regional associations across the world that are able to work with their governments and scientific communities. Member associations of IADSA are present on all continents.
  • HPA HEADLINES #45 MARCH/APRIL 2019

    TRADITIONAL MEDICINE – THE ROOT OF HEALTHCARE

    Traditional medicine has been the root of healthcare around the world for centuries – Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, Traditional Chinese Medicine and African Traditional Medicine are a few examples. While opinions differ regarding the exact figure, it is accepted that a significant percentage of South African people choose to consult with traditional healers, the two main categories of which are sangomas (spiritual mediums), and nyangas (herbalists) who use various substances, including plants and minerals, to initiate healing.

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IADSA News

All available editions of the IADSA newsletters are listed below. To view any of them, simply click on the edition's title and it will open in a new window.

IADSA’S MIND THE GAP:
https://www.iadsa.org/mind-the-gap

IADSA INTRODUCTORY GUIDE TOLERANCES FOR FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
Tolerances for food supplements – An introductory guide

IADSA PUBLICATIONS & CODEX GUIDE
https://www.iadsa.org/resources/34

 

2018 PUBLICATIONS

2017

2015

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

2014

  • 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

2013

  • 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

2012

  • 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

2011

  • 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

2010

  • 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

2009

  • 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

2008

  • 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

2007

  • 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

2006

  • 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

2005

2004

  • 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

2003

  • 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

2002

  • 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

2001

Events & Training

HPA MEETINGS 2019

HPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: THURSDAY JULY 18 – 15h00
BRYANSTON COUNTRY CLUB:

We do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend the HPA’s Annual General Meeeting – at which there is to be a very interesting presentation on the Frost & Sullivan Report.
At the AGM we hare  to vote for the 2019/2020 Executive Council, following the rules of the HPA Constitution

JOHANNESBURG: Bryanston Country Club

HPA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS: 11H30 – 15H00 GENERAL MEETINGS: 15H30-17H00

• THURSDAY JULY 18TH (AGM)
• THURSDAY OCTOBER 24TH
• THURSDAY DECEMBER 4TH (Jhb Exco & General Meeting)

CAPE TOWN: Kelvin Grove

HPA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS: 09H30-11H30 GENERAL MEETINGS: 12H00-14H00

• THURSDAY MAY 23rd
• THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH
• THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28TH

GMP WORKSHOP – 6 JUNE 2019

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION Management of a GMP Inspection

GDP WORKSHOP – 10 – 11 JUNE, CAPE TOWN

We are pleased to announce that Andrea Julsing Keyter, Deputy Director Medical devices of SAHPRA has agreed to present at the GDP workshop in Cape Town. The early bird date has been extended to 24 May to allow more delegates to register .

GDP Workshop Cape Town 2019

 

CANNABIS CONFERENCE – 27/28 JUNE, JOHANNESBURG

Cannabis Conference Brochure

ANALYTICA LAB AFRICA:  9 – 11 JULY, JOHANNESBURG

https://analytica-africa.com/

 

TWINZ 2019 SEMINAR AFRICAN REGULATORY AUTHORITIES

TWINZ 2019 Seminar African Regulatory Authorities

TWINZ FOUNDATION FOR PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES: COURSES 2019

2019 TWINZ Course schedule

For more information, please visit: https://www.twinztraining.com/

TWINZ: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RA PHARMACIST OF OFFICER: 2019.08.20 A Day in the Life of a RA Pharmacist or Officer

 

UGANDA: UGANDA MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION TRADE FAIRS 2019

Uganda Manufacturers Association Trade Fairs 2019 Compressed

HEALTH & NUTRITION COMPRESSED 2019

 

The Noakes Foundation:
‘Professional Training in LCHF/Ketogenic Nutrition & Treatment’

Online Course Information Pack

EVENTS UPDATE

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE OF COUNCIL OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PRODUCERS (CDSP)
The International conference “Food supplements industry and modern society: challenges, science, regulation” took place in Moscow on November 26 – the first ever specialised event on food supplements (BAFS) in Russian history!   The conference, which was a huge success, was held by Self-regulatory Organisation Council of Dietary Supplement Producers (CDSP), whi

ch celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Amway, one of the founders of the association, is a permanent Council member.

Its agenda consisted of two main parts:
a) a scientific symposium
b) round table with industry representatives and governmental stakeholders.

This year the focus was on uniting efforts to maintain Amway’s high standing in the association whilst devoting special attention to increase the credibility of the organisation among the stakeholders. Elena Pletneva (Amway Regulatory Policies Advisor, R&D) and Andrey Serebrennikov (Amway Government Affairs Manager, Legal) led the organising committee of the Conference for more than 6 months.

There was a strong Amway presence of speakers:
 Audra Davies– Vice President, Product Development – Health, Beauty & Home, Nutrilite Health Institute (Audra’s presentation was highly engaging and well-researched and received a warm welcome from the audience);
 Wei Qian – European Regulatory Policy Manager: Regulatory officials were impressed by Wei’s excellent presentation on EU regulatory outlook and kindly asked to provide them with the presentation copy;
 Vasiliy Isakov –Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic of the Institute of Nutrition.

All regulatory stakeholders’ representatives were in attendance, including Head of Russia’s Federal Office of Surveillance of Consumer Right Protection and Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), Federal antimonopoly service, State Duma and Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Science was supported by Department of Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN). Over 20 scientists had an opportunity to discuss BAFS role in optimising day-to-day nutrition and to share the latest results in studies of the clinical efficiency of BAFS.

A round table on biologically active food supplements (BAFS) focused for the first time on specific BAFS problematics as a part of a bigger food industry. There was a vivid discussion over BAFS regulations in Europe, BAFS distant and itinerary trade legalisation, advertisement rules in the industry.
The full event coverage on YouTube attracted more than 6000 viewers in two days.

“We hope that the conference that has already proved to be a noticeable event, will contribute to BAFS industry development and fuel long-awaited change in regulatory landscape, including technical regulation and BAFS distant and itinerary trade legalisation,” says South African Amway Pharmacist, Allen Frank.

Links:
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wectkxj4dzdp0iy/AADuJhd4-IYLQ35gXwdIn1zTa?dl=0
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=E014X4aJpzw
Articles: https://pharmvestnik.ru/content/news/Mnogie-BAD-predstavlennye-na-mejdunarodnyh-saitah-ne-sootvetstvuut-reglamentam-EAES.html
https://fas.gov.ru/news/26416

Past Newsletter Archives

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HPA HEADLINES DECEMBER 2018

 

HPA HEADLINES JULY 2018

 

HPA HEADLINES MARCH 2018

October 2017 #41
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July 2017 #40
https://mailchi.mp/f4180d9662e5/hpa-headlines-40-july-2017?e=f4545b7463

March 2017 #39
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December 2016 #38
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August 2016 #37
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HPA Headlines: June 2016

 

 

 

 

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