In addition, it is recognized that the growth of the global dietary supplement market is an opportunity for ASEAN to take advantage of its position as a world leader in this sector, especially in the field of plant ingredients, taking advantage of the important biodiversity in the region. Industry involvement in the harmonization of dietary supplements in ASEAN is recognized by the ASEAN Charter and ASEAN policy. As the regional representative of the dietary supplement industry, AAHSA sits at the table of the 10 ASEAN governments at ACCSQ meetings, including its Products Working Group and the Scientific Committee. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is working to establish ASEAN by 2020 as a domestic market and production site, as well as as an economic region. This Economic Community is created by regional integration of the following priority sectors: agro-based products, air transport, automotive, e-ASEAN, electronics, fisheries, health, rubber products, textiles and clothing, tourism, wood products, logistics and other sectors that can be identified by ASEAN for economic integration. The health sector includes pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices, traditional medicines and food supplements. In 2007, ASEAN decided to accelerate the establishment of this ASEAN economic region by 2015. This demanding task is the responsibility of the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality Product Working Group for Traditional Medicine and Health Supplements (ACCSQ TMHS PWG), with the support of the ACCSQ TMHS Scientific Committee. On the 11th TMHS PWG Meeting, last July, set the agreed target date for the completion of the ASEAN regulatory framework for TMHS at the end of 2010. 2006: The definition of ASEAN work for dietary supplements was established.
Daniel Quek, President of AAHSA, said: “The way ASEAN industry and regulators have collaborated can serve as a model for success around the world. AAHSA has enabled the private sector to demonstrate its commitment to achieving the same goals as the government. In particular, it has played an important role in the development of the ten annexes that form the backbone of the agreement and cover important issues such as a negative list of prohibited ingredients, the justification of safety and health rules, labelling requirements and more. “Since 2004, the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been working to harmonize the regulation of dietary supplements. The ambitious overall goal is to transform ASEAN into a competitive single market and production base by 2015. In the field of food supplements, Member States must benefit from the facilitation of a common market and the guarantee of the quality, safety and efficacy of products. .