NPA Lobbies for Regulatory Changes in China Supplement Market

March 18, 2011

The Natural Products Association has submitted comments to U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies, citing concern with dietary supplement regulations in China.

The Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the United States Trade Representatives for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), citing concern with dietary supplement regulations in China.

Titled “Dietary Supplement Industry Priority Issues,” the comments highlight NPA’s concerns with obstacles that could be impeding growth of the Chinese dietary supplement market.

“Ranking fourth in sales behind the United States, Japan, and Europe, China is a market of growing importance for dietary supplement makers and the natural products industry at large,” said John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO. “NPA continues to play a constructive role with U.S. and Chinese officials to work toward the goal of increasing U.S. exports. The JCCT process is an important way to make progress.”

NPA has proposed several recommendations in its comments, including reducing time and cost of registering new and existing products with China’s FDA, expanding Chain’s list of approved functional claims, and updating potency levels of dietary supplements based on current research.

Check out the link for NPA’s full comments on dietary supplement regulations in China.