Health Claims

EU legislation

EFSA In 2012 there is a European law discussed about health claims on dietary supplements and nutritional products. This is only approved claims about the health benefits allowed by selling these (life) means. The EFSA (European Food and Safety Authority) is the regulatory authority and approves specific claims good or right off. The number of approved health claims are very minimal in the very wide range of all dietary supplements. Especially vitamins and minerals they adopted many claims. Health claims for other substances such as R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10 and Omega-3 fatty acids are not approved and must therefore not be made.

Freedom of expression Because of the freedom of expression, it is still allowed to make statements about generic active substances. However, this should not directly related to a specific product, unless the health claim is approved. Websites or blogs that have no commercial interest in selling dietary supplements are allowed to write freely and make claims in their writing.. With many products on our website you will find no more information on what it does to health. As a consumer, you are therefore encouraged to obtain this information by other means: searching the Internet also often provides the necessary information.

Factual information In addition to the freedom of expression and mentioning approved claims, factual information is still permitted. You may find phrases such as "Carnitine is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol to the mitochondria for beta-oxidation." or "Glucosamine is a structural component of various glycosaminoglycans, other than chondroitin sulfate, which is a major structural component of articular cartilage, and is partly responsible for the resistance to compression."
It is important that correct factual information and misleading customers with lies is fortunately not allowed.

Rejected claims are not necessarily false It's not that prohibited health claims are necessarily incorrect. The only certainty that exists is that approved claims are scientifically substantiated. Developing scientific evidence takes time. The beneficial effect of folic acid on the unborn child was only discovered after several decades of research. This law prohibits publishment of results from intermediate studies even when it is almost 99% certain. However, the European Commission wants 100% proven claims.
This is impossible, as the effects of food and dietary supplements are much more subtle than, pharmaceutical drugs, but the same rigid testing standards are applied. So remember that the effects of diet on our health are more difficult to measure than that of drugs and there is much more to say about supplement than meets the eye in the fact sheet on the website.

Personal advice Obtaining obtaining personal advice that is based on knowledge and experience from your therapist or contact person at the health food store is now even more important.

Source: NPN (Natural & Health Products Netherlands) press release of May 16, 2012