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HPA HEADLINES #37
             August 2016

VITAMINS SUPPORT LIFE

Vitamins provide the foundation for health. They maintain the balance of cells, tissues and organs, regulate biochemical processes, act as antioxidants and enable the body to process proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Vitamins support life and we could not survive without them.

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LEGISLATION


WHEN DOES A VITAMIN BECOME AN ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE?

On 13 June 2016, the South African Department of Health (DoH) published amended Guidelines to the November 2013 CAMS Regulations which supports the latest published schedules for vitamin levels as relevant to South Africa.  The following table charts out the levels below which vitamins will be classified as health supplements - providing only health supplement claims are being made. Above these levels the vitamins will be classified as medicines.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


VITAMINS - THE DOMINANT PRODUCT CATEGORY

The South African CAMS industry survey commissioned by the HPA and conducted by Health Eye reveals that “Vitamins are the dominant category and continue to grow faster than the other categories, with this growth supported by strategies adopted by manufacturers and retailers.” This trend is supported by similar research carried out by Euromonitor International. 
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WHAT’S ON - FEEDBACK


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PRESENTS WORKSHOP FOR CAMS INDUSTRY

On Monday 13 June, a CAMS industry workshop structured to assist with Navigating the Current Regulatory Framework took place in Johannesburg. Hosted by the HPA and SMASA, the workshop featured presentations by some of the most prominent people in the South African health arena.

IADSA MEETS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

IADSA Executive Director, Simon Pettman, together with IADSA Technical Director, Cynthia Rousellot, paid a visit to South Africa in June 2016. They met with the HPA Executive Committee as well as members of the South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) to discuss the state of CAMS regulations worldwide. 
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INTERNATIONAL


HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS SUPPORT ECONOMY

The dietary supplement industry in the United States contributes a healthy $122 billion to the economy, creates over 750 000 jobs and pays $38.4 billion in wages. These figures were established by an economic impact report produced by John Dunham and Associates for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
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INDIGENOUS CORNER


MORINGA – SUPERFOOD FOR AFRICA

The moringa tree - Moringa oleifera - is now successfully naturalised and cultivated in South Africa. Also referred to as The Miracle Tree, moringa is considered to be a powerhouse of nutrition as it is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential amino acids. 
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HELPFUL HINTS


# SUPPLEMENT FACTS

Supplement Facts is a new insert that will be published every Friday on the CRN website. Committed to promoting the CAMS industry and products, CRN has initiated this simple, visual, fact-based approach to create awareness of positive facts relating to these sectors.
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