The draft documents “Administrative Regulations for Nutritional Supplements” and “Information Requirement for Nutritional Supplements” are the first steps toward the modernization of China’s health food industry.
Groups like the U.S. – China Health Products Association (USCHPA), have been pushing for such changes to China’s regulatory process for years, by providing information and engaging the Chinese government.
Since 2010, the association has been publishing the 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/suggestions to China FDA by the end of November 2014. It is expected that this new category of nutritional supplement and its regulatory framework will go into effect in 2015.