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USCHPA Meets with China’s Congress to Discuss Food Safety

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The U.S. – China Health Products Association (USCHPA) was invited by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Legislative Department to discuss China’s Draft Food Safety Law, which includes regulations that oversee the dietary supplement industry.

Jeff Crowther, executive director, and executive assistant Carrie Wang, both of USCHPA, were in attendance along with officials from America, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, as well as two officials from the EU Delegation in Beijing and a representative from the American Chamber of Commerce, reported USCHPA.

“I’ve been living in China for nine years working on business development and regulatory advocacy. This is the first time I’ve witnessed such openness and strong willingness to engage with foreign parties. It was a wonderful opportunity for those in attendance to share their suggestions and questions directly with China’s lawmakers.” said Crowther.

Although much of the discussion was focusing on the ongoing issues with infant formula, USCHPA put forth some of the following points for dietary supplements:

  • Dietary Supplements should be regulated under food law and on a notification basis not registration as it is currently under; China’s law refers to the dietary supplement industry as the health food industry, which is too broad a term.
  • China should seek to replace that terminology with “dietary supplement,” which will bring more clarity to government, industry and consumers.
  • Health product claims should be replaced with structure function type claims similar to what is found in the U.S.’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
  • Ingredients that are already approved as food by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC—former Ministry of Health) such as some probiotics, omega-3s as well as many other botanical and dietary ingredients are not allowed to be sold as dietary supplements without going through another separate registration process with China’s FDA to be sold as a health product.

As it is expected that China’s State Council will be releasing new regulations for dietary supplements by the end of this year, USCHPA will be tracking the progress and submit comments when appropriate, reported USCHPA, adding the association will also keep its members and the industry in general informed of any regulatory shifts that will impact China’s dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient industry.

For more information, visit www.uschinahpa.org

 

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