UK report of the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform (TIGRR) on nutraceuticals
On May 2021, the UK Government has published a report of proposals to attract significant investments and boost innovation in the Nutraceutical sector post Brexit. This report points out the emergence of an active ‘ nutraceutical’ sector generating an expanding range of non-pharmaceutical ‘ over the counter’ nutritional products with health benefits. The pace of bioscience is creating a whole new sector of health enhancing ‘ superfoods’ and supplements such as enriched broccoli or probiotics. This report highlights the current patchwork of regulators in UK according to the types of health benefit. Where a product like a food or a herbal remedy makes ‘ medicinal’ claims, i .e. it claims to help cure or mitigate a disease, it is regulated in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Where a food product makes ‘ health’ claims, i .e. it claims to benefit your health more generally, it is regulated by the department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) i n England, by the Food Standards Agency in Wales and Northern Ireland, and by Food Standards Scotland in Scotland. This regulatory framework with a binary separation of medecines (MHRA) and food standards (FSA) does not fit well with the needs of market.
This report proposes
- to establish clear regulatory standards and definitions for nutraceutical product and create a permissive environment for regulation of products with science outcomes, to form a new easier nutraceutical product regulation pathway, and
- to encourage National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to gather data to support claims and enable research into products medicinal and health products, and to lead on international standardisations and to ensure a pathway to market, so that consumes are aware of the health benefits and better able to make informed choices
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