Regulatory Issues of Voluntary Certification of Food Supplements in Russia

Raimond Lozda (Coresponding Author)

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Abstract

When registering food supplements in Russia, restrictions on the labeling and consumer leaflet contents are tightly controlled bythe regulatory agencies. Thus, misleading advertising is the most difficult problem with the turnover of these products if informationin the commercials does not correspond to the information on indications for use that were agreed upon during stateregistration (or sanitary and epidemiologic control). An established procedure of voluntary certification enables additional healthclaims, thus expanding the information in the label and user leaflet. Voluntary certification is the evidence base for the specificcharacteristics of the products with regard to their efficacy represented by an independent party. This process allows themanufacturer to inform the consumer about the beneficial properties and efficacy of food supplements and enables the buyer tomake an informed choice and to avoid buying counterfeit products by purchasing high-quality safe products with proven efficacy;therefore, the buyer can receive a product that is the best match for his needs and expectations. However, since the mid-2000s,several voluntary certification systems have been developed, approved, and included in the Unified Register of Voluntary CertificationSystems maintained by the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology, Rosstandart. Thus, manufacturerscan choose an authority. In addition to the conventional approach to certification requirements and schemes, various outcomes ofapproved claims and subsequent certification maintenance are possible. The present article analyzes universal principles ofvoluntary certification, its legal basis, and authority-specific outcomes of the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalTherapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • advertising
  • food supplements
  • Russia
  • voluntary certification

Field of Science

  • 3.1 Basic medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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