With international and local legislative and regulatory pressure mounting, there has never been a more important time to be informed.
This is a watershed era in the industry and it is now vital to protect and promote industry interests if this significant sector is to survive and thrive.
Here are a few reasons why you should join...
There has never been a more important time to be informed and to protect and promote this valuable industry.
Support the HPA and it will support you. Don’t delay! Join the Industry’s most proactive and vocal trade association and reap the rewards.
- Belong to a network of hundreds of members with natural health product associated businesses.
- Attend bi-monthly HPA General Meetings that provide an information forum whereby HPA members are reliably updated on current legislative issues and other matters pertinent to the industry. HPA members can exchange information and get to know leading role-players and other industry stakeholders.
- As the HPA provides a communication channel that links people and stakeholder networks, regular opportunities are available to network with industry colleagues.
- The HPA also promotes cooperation between other relevant associations, medical bodies and partners in order to encourage mutual understanding.
- The HPA is the united voice that negotiates on behalf of the health products industry regarding legal matters.
- The HPA is in constant communication with members of the Department of Health (DOH), including the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), the Head of the Inspectorate and other legislative bodies.
- The HPA advises members on how to fight for the right outcomes concerning legislation, and keeps them up to date on key legislative and regulatory developments.
- The HPA sources information through its global network. This information is shared with Members.
- The HPA has assisted in researching and preparing a significant body of international research relating to current developments in natural health products, nutritional supplementation, CAMs, nutrition and dietetic fields.
- the HPA has from time to time invested in market trends and information – see link Euromonitor – vitamins and supplements 2015
The HPA established a Self-Monitoring Advisory Programme to assist in maintaining high ethical standards for manufacturing, quality control, safety, marketing and advertising within the industry and in the marketplace. This facility will:
- Answer queries. The HPA Secretariat and the Self-Monitoring Advisory Committee (SMAC) are only an email away and can assist. Send your questions and we will respond.
- Deal with issues and concerns. The HPA offers a free service that helps Members establish and maintain high ethical standards of production, quality control, marketing and advertising, send your questions and we will respond.
- Address grievances. Members are encouraged to take to the SMAC any grievance against another HPA Member company. This committee will assist with mediation, send your questions and we will respond.
- To find out how to comply with HPA Codes of Practice
- The HPA is a member of the Brussels-based IADSA (International Association of Dietary Supplements Associations).
- The HPA is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
- The HPA is a member of BioPANZA
- The HPA maintains close contact with associated international bodies to help promote opportunities for product export and import. To find out more click here.
The HPA has forged strong relationships with key media representatives, and acts as a central information point to promote to and cooperate with the media. HPA Members have the added benefit of:
- Access to the Members’ section of the HPA website and related media exposure.
- Media exposure:
- PR exposure
- Annual media presentations
- Conventions and Seminars.
- Access to extensive mailing lists including: health shops and leading pharmacies, complementary health companies and associated companies, DOH personnel, consumers, trade and key media-related professionals. To request information click here.
To qualify as an HPA Member a company must be registered in South Africa as either a manufacturer, marketer, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, supplier or consultant to the Natural Health Products, Nutritional Dietary Supplements and CAMs industry.
Members must agree to always act in accordance with the law, abide by the HPA Code of Practice, adopt the HPA Advertising Code and act in a professional manner.
TYPES OF MEMBERS
Several Membership options are available. These include Primary, Retail and Associate.
Manufacturers, Marketers, Wholesalers, Distributors, Exporters and Importers of finished products, Retailers (who have their own brand) and Contract Packers that make products for third parties.
Companies or Associations affiliated to the Natural Health Product Industry that do not produce, market or distribute products, for example Suppliers of raw and packaging materials; Retailers (who don’t have their own brands), Sales Agents, Consultants and Practitioners.
Companies or Individuals who have an interest in this industry but do not form part of it e.g. academic institutions.
To experience the many advantages of being an HPA member, simply click on the button and download the forms
- Applying for HPA membership is simple. Just complete the form below and an application form will be forwarded promptly.
- Fill in and return the application form, GMP Checklist and a selection of 3 of the company’s product labels and marketing materials in order for the SMAC to conduct an initial review. Return the forms to email@example.com
- All applications for HPA membership require the approval of the elected HPA
- The application will be processed and should it be successful, the applicant will be informed accordingly.
- A three-month probationary period will be enforced following application acceptance.
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The HPA promotes and protects the Natural Health and Wellness industry.
The HPA is committed to developing and maintaining standards that support and foster natural health product quality, safety and efficacy. The Association strives to establish an ethical, credible, relevant, and vibrant health and wellness products industry in South Africa.
As the authoritative voice of the natural health and wellness products industry, the HPA supports the interests of its members in all legislative and regulatory issues; promotes Good Manufacturing Practice to ensure product quality, safety and efficacy; provides responsible information for consumers, and encourages industry to achieve its highest potential.
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VITAFOODS VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS 2021
Vitafoods Asia Digital Week
2-4 February 2021
A much-anticipated new digital addition to the Vitafoods family, purposefully designed to support, inform and inspire the nutraceutical industry in Asia. This digital event will offer data-driven matchmaking, live and on-demand content and a showcase of the latest products and ingredients to hit the market.
Vitafoods Insights Virtual Expo
10- 13 May 2021
The first-ever content driven virtual event from our community-powered knowledge platform, Vitafoods Insights. Offering inspiring content, match-making and peer to peer networking opportunities, this event aims to bring the community even closer together.
Vitafoods Asia 2021
22-23 September 2021
Our in-person event for Asia returns to Singapore this year, in a new hybrid form. As a new standard for exhibitions this hybrid edition will see the in-person event complemented and extended by virtual offerings, data-driven matchmaking and interactive content. Allowing for greater reach than ever before.
Vitafoods Europe 2021
4-8 October 2021
Our flagship Geneva event will also return in hybrid form this year albeit slightly later in the calendar than usual. For the first time you will have the opportunity to experience Vitafoods Europe in 3 different ways, either: in-person, virtually or both. Support your in-person experience with data-driven matchmaking, content on-demand and comprehensive data analysis.
Alongside this new calendar of events, VitafoodsInsights.com will continue to offer an online knowledge-platform where you can access the latest industry updates, quality content and the tools and resources to keep you informed 365 days of the year.
ORGANIC & NATURAL PRODUCT PORTAL AFRICA
The Organic & Natural Products Portal Africa is an easy-to-use portal for both trade buyers and consumers to access Organic & Natural Products Expo information, as well as the company information of suppliers of organic and natural products in, and from, the African continent .
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How to get listed
There are detailed and specific requirements for the various natural health product categories – foods, nutritional dietary supplements, CAMs, veterinary products, cosmetics, etc. Failure to tailor labelling, advertising and promotional material to RSA regulatory requirements is a certain route to market failure.
SMAC’s aim is to achieve maximum marketing advantage for products, within the law – and in particular the maximum permissible information to the consumer.
Labelling, Advertising and Promotional Advice is only available to Members.
Become a Member! Join today and gain access to this invaluable service as well as numerous other Member Benefits!
HPA policy encourages all Members to ensure that their products are manufactured according to the standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as set out in legislation.
The HPA expects all relevant legislation for food and related products to be met, particularly as it relates to manufacturing standards, food hygiene and contamination prevention. In South Africa, foodstuffs fall under the scope of the Department of Health’s Food Directorate. Legislation falls under FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT 54 OF 1972 and associated regulations and guidelines.
For self-regulation purposes, the minimum standards supported by the HPA are HACCP or ISO22000.
HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS & CAMS
All natural health and nutritional dietary supplements must comply with the relevant aspects of published legislation. In South Africa, health supplements and CAMs fall under Act 101. The HPA bases its GMP standards on those included in the latest published legislation.
For self-regulation, the minimum standards supported by the HPA are those set out by IADSA and EHPM. All manufacturers have to be ISO22000 or HACCP certified plants. The preference is for full MCC or International GMP certification.
The HPA bases its GMP standards on those included in the latest regulations and standards. In South Africa, Allopathic Medicines fall under Act 101.
policy requires that all Members ensure that their products are labelled according to current legislation. Each HPA Member company is required as a condition of Membership to sign a declaration of adherence to compliance with labelling legislation.
The HPA expects all relevant legislation for food and related products to be met, particularly those that relate to product labelling. In South Africa, foodstuffs fall under the scope of the Department of Health’s Food Directorate. Legislation falls under FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT 54 OF 1972 and associated regulations and guidelines.
For self-regulation, purposes the minimum standards supported by the HPA are those that have been published.
- Act 54 of 1972 food labelling regulations R146 March 2010
- Act 54 of 1972 food labelling regulations R45 – 34957 January 2012
- Act 54 of 1972 food labelling guidelines
- Food Agency standard – criteria to use of terms
HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS & CAMS
All natural health and nutritional dietary supplements must comply with all relevant aspects of published legislation. In South Africa health supplements and complementary medicines fall within Act 101. The HPA bases its food labelling standards as those included in the latest published legislation.
For further information – please become familiar with the following documentation;
For Allopathic products, the HPA bases its labelling standards as those that are included in the latest regulations and standards. In South Africa health Allopathic Medicines fall within Act 101.
For further information – please become familiar with the following documentation;
The HPA encourages all of its members to adopt an Adverse Event Reporting (AER) system.
The HPA encourages all Members to adopt an Adverse Event Reporting (AER) system.
The HPA AER process is a comprehensive and responsibly run adverse event recording and assessment process based on the regulations as set out in South Africa. It has also incorporated the guidelines set out by IADSA.
In the very unlikely event of a serious safety problem with any natural health products, companies using an AER process will be able to analyse the potential cause and, with assistance from the HPA, take swift and effective action to prevent further negative adverse reactions in the marketplace.
The HPA AER process includes the following steps
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For further information: Please become familiar with the following documentation;
The HPA is committed to ensuring that health product marketing to healthcare professionals and the public is conducted in a responsible, ethical and professional manner which is based on practical, traditional evidence and appropriate scientific information.
Annual Membership Certificates are available to HPA Members only.
Become a Member. Join today to gain access to this service and many other Member benefits.
- To protect the right of free sale and access to both Health Supplements and Discipline-Specific CMs to the South African public.
- To ensure high-profile visibility of the health products industry as a dynamic, organized and responsible force.
- To guide and protect the industry and ensure its long-term viability.
- To create a unified industry voice to interact meaningfully with external entities such as government bodies and industry.
- To maintain high ethical standards of production, quality control, marketing and advertising within the industry.
- To act as a body that protects consumers against exploitation by unethical practices.
- To act as a central information point to promote and cooperate with the media in representing industry interests.
- To provide an educational forum for consumers and professionals via seminars, conventions and exhibitions.
- To promote cooperation between various international and local associations, medical bodies and fraternities in order to encourage mutual understanding.
- To promote and develop networking opportunities for members to export and import products.
If you are planning to bring controlled goods, used goods, second-hand goods, waste or scrap into the country, you first need to register as an importer with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and then apply to the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) for an import permit.
Should you be wanting to import or export a medicine or scheduled substance an additional licence needs to be applied for from SAHPRA – this falls under section 22 of the Act SAHPRA ONLINE LICENSING PORTAL
Port Health Services monitors and evaluates all foodstuffs, cosmetics, disinfectants, hazardous substances and medicines entering the Country through the respective ports, airports and other points of entry. It also controls and monitors the possible entering of all serious contagious diseases into South Africa. These infectious diseases include yellow fever, cholera, plague and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Port Health Contact Details
Imported foodstuffs are inspected at random for possible hazardous or toxic substances at all ports of entry. When goods are offloaded, they are usually removed under extended health guarantees and only released if the Port Health Official (PHO) is satisfied. All shipments must conform to the Foodstuff, Cosmetic and Disinfectants Act, 54 of 1972.
For licenses to be granted one has to register with Pharmacy Council
For further information regarding tariff code speak to your import / export agent.