China FDA releases draft regulations for nutritional supplements

Dealing with the introduction of a notification or recording type system for these products

China’s Food and Drug Administration has released two draft documents for nutritional supplements, entitled 'Administrative Regulations for Nutritional Supplements' and 'Information Requirement for Nutritional Supplements'.

Both documents deal with the introduction of a notification or recording type system for nutritional supplements, which are defined as vitamins and minerals.

This is China’s first step towards modernising the country's health food industry and is the result of consistent engagement and information sharing from groups such as the US – China Health Products Association (USCHPA). Since 2010, the USCHPA has been publishing an annual dietary supplement industry position paper and shares it with China’s FDA and State Council as well as the National People’s Congress Legislative Office.

USCHPA and its members are in the process of translating and reviewing the new documents and will issue comments and suggestions to China FDA by the end of November.

It is expected that this new category of nutritional supplement and its regulatory framework will come into effect in 2015.

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