Science & Standards Symposium: Functional Foods and Dietary Supplements–Global Opportunities and Challenges
Numerous ingredients, most of them a complex mixture of naturally occurring or synthetic molecules, are used in foods and dietary supplements. They are increasingly sought after for their purported nutritional, health, flavor, or other benefits. However, this dynamic and rapidly growing segment of the food and dietary supplement industry faces a fundamental challenge: how to describe and determine the identity and verify the authenticity of such ingredients. Consensus is still lacking regarding the critical chemical, physical, and functional characteristics of food and dietary supplement ingredients and how to measure them. The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) dedicated its 2012 Science & Standards Symposium to interactively discuss these cutting-edge topics with industry, regulators, and academia, with the goal of seeking consensus on the principal aspects needed to address quality standards for functional ingredients.
USP produces the Food Chemicals Codex, the Dietary Supplements Compendium, and USP–NF, the leading compendia for standards, composed of specifications, test methods, and supporting reference materials to verify the authenticity of ingredients for foods, dietary supplements, and drugs.
- Discuss the current science and status of functional foods and dietary supplements
- Discuss the regulatory landscape governing dietary supplements and functional foods
- Explore the overlap of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements and the implication for standard-setting organizations
- Explore the need for functional standards, and when function and identity become intertwined
- Foster conversations on promoting public health through science-based public standard-setting organizations
Individuals working in:
- Research and development
- Regulatory affairs
As well as international regulators, academicians, and trade group representatives.