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Dietary Supplements: EU Law

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have had with the authorities in Jersey on implementation of the (a) Food Supplements Directive, (b) Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation and (c) Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive; (252576)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the progress of (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey in ensuring their compliance with the (i) Foods Supplements Directive, (ii) Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation and (iii) Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was advised by the Government of Jersey on 28 January that work is progressing under its programme to update Jersey’s food safety legislation. On the same date the Government of Guernsey advised the FSA that discussions at official level on implementing the food supplements directive are ongoing, but that priority is being given to drafting the secondary legislation necessary to ensure that the Medicines Directive 2001/83/EC, which will prohibit and allow enforcement action to be taken against food supplements marketed with medicinal claims, is fully implemented.

Jersey and Guernsey officials had undertaken to work with companies based on the Islands to prevent the sale of food supplements that would be illegal in the United Kingdom. They have made visits to several companies to ensure that they are fully aware of relevant concerns. FSA officials continue to liaise with officials in Jersey and Guernsey to keep abreast of developments and on direct action with companies where examples of marketing of illegal products have been identified.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will be meeting the Government of Jersey on 11 February 2009 to begin discussions on the implementation of the medicines directive, including the implementation of the traditional herbal medicinal products directive. The MHRA continues to assist the Government of Guernsey in the development of the additional legislation required for the implementation of the medicines directive.