Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users?

 

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dc.contributor.author Gabriels, Gary
dc.contributor.author Lambert, Mike
dc.contributor.author Smith, Pete
dc.contributor.author Hiss, Donavon
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-25T12:54:23Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-25T12:54:23Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Gabriels, G., Lambert, M., Smith, P., & Hiss, D. (2011). Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users?. SAMJ: South African Medical Journal, 101(8), 543-545.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24411
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: There is no clear distinction between the regulation of food, supplements and medicines in South Africa. Consequently, grey areas exist in implementing the legislation, particularly in the supplement industry. The increase in supplement sales in South Africa can be attributed to aggressive marketing by manufacturers whose claims are not always supported by published peer-reviewed evidence. Such claims often go unchecked, resulting in consumers being mislead about the role of supplements. As a result of poor regulation, contaminants or adulterants in supplements may also cause insidious effects unrelated to the listed ingredients. AIM: To assess the regulations, legislation, and claims associated with nutritional supplement products in South Africa. METHOD: Peer-reviewed literature and the relevant South African statutes were consulted. RESULTS: The National Health Act incorporates the Medicine Control Council, which is charged with ensuring the safety, quality and effectiveness of medicines, and related matters, including complementary/alternative medicines. The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport and Amendment Act provides for testing athletes for using banned substances, but currently does not concern itself with monitoring nutritional supplements for contaminants or adulterants that may cause a positive drug test, which has implications for sports participants and also the health of the general population. The implementation of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) could protect consumer rights if it is administered and resourced appropriately. CONCLUSION: The CPA should promote greater levels of policy development, regulatory enforcement, and consumer education of South Africa's supplement industry.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.source South African Medical Journal
dc.source.uri http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj
dc.title Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users?
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-01-08T10:07:37Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Division of Clinical Pharmacology en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Gabriels, G., Lambert, M., Smith, P., & Hiss, D. (2011). Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users?. <i>South African Medical Journal</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24411 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Gabriels, Gary, Mike Lambert, Pete Smith, and Donavon Hiss "Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users?." <i>South African Medical Journal</i> (2011) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24411 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Gabriels G, Lambert M, Smith P, Hiss D. Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users?. South African Medical Journal. 2011; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24411. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Gabriels, Gary AU - Lambert, Mike AU - Smith, Pete AU - Hiss, Donavon AB - BACKGROUND: There is no clear distinction between the regulation of food, supplements and medicines in South Africa. Consequently, grey areas exist in implementing the legislation, particularly in the supplement industry. The increase in supplement sales in South Africa can be attributed to aggressive marketing by manufacturers whose claims are not always supported by published peer-reviewed evidence. Such claims often go unchecked, resulting in consumers being mislead about the role of supplements. As a result of poor regulation, contaminants or adulterants in supplements may also cause insidious effects unrelated to the listed ingredients. AIM: To assess the regulations, legislation, and claims associated with nutritional supplement products in South Africa. METHOD: Peer-reviewed literature and the relevant South African statutes were consulted. RESULTS: The National Health Act incorporates the Medicine Control Council, which is charged with ensuring the safety, quality and effectiveness of medicines, and related matters, including complementary/alternative medicines. The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport and Amendment Act provides for testing athletes for using banned substances, but currently does not concern itself with monitoring nutritional supplements for contaminants or adulterants that may cause a positive drug test, which has implications for sports participants and also the health of the general population. The implementation of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) could protect consumer rights if it is administered and resourced appropriately. CONCLUSION: The CPA should promote greater levels of policy development, regulatory enforcement, and consumer education of South Africa's supplement industry. DA - 2011 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Medical Journal LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2011 T1 - Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users? TI - Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users? UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24411 ER - en_ZA


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