Food Navigator Asia’s Richard Whitehead conducted an interview with USCHPA’s executive director Jeff Crowther recently, which resulted in the publishing of the below article. Richard did a great job of capturing the current state of the industry, its potential and its hurdles.
USCHPA has been lobbying the Chinese government since 2010 to move their dietary supplement regulations toward a more open and transparent system. The industry is now beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel with the reform of its Food Safety Law, which includes legislation on supplements.
Overall China’s leadership is attempting to strengthen its oversight by removing redundant departments and streamlining the regulatory process. This can clearly be seen in the creation of the recently formed China Food and Drug Administration (formerly known as State Food and Drug Administration) as well as the merging of the Ministry of Health and National Population and Family Planning Commission, which is now called the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Prior to these political evolutions, there could easily be 13 different government bodies regulating an industry. To make matters worse, these various agencies rarely communicated and in some cases didn’t see eye to eye on the interpretation of regulations.
As an industry trade associaiton, USCHPA is happy to see China’s leadership moving in this direction. In the end, it will benefit consumers, industry and the government.
To get the latest information on China’s dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient industry, be sure to attend USCHPA’s “China International Nutrition and Health Summit” being held in Beijing from November 3 – 4, 2014. Here you’ll be able to network with government and industry leaders from China and overseas.
On hand will be China’s FDA, China’s Nutrition Society, U.S. FDA, Health Canada, EU Food Safety, Israel Embassy, experts in product approvals and registration as well as ExportNOW who will enlighten us all on China’s booming e-commerce business and Shanghai Pharma China’s leading distributors of medicines and health products will discuss distribution solutions. Euromonitor will be providing an update on global trends and NSF will be discussing all the services they provide in country to help global companies maintain a safety along the supply chain with their cGMP audits and ingredient testing programs.
If you are keen on doing business in China, this is a must attend event. Click below for Agenda and Registration Form.