Will dietary supplements be treated more severely than drugs?
Each year the member states of the European Union, including Poland, report more and more applications for dietary supplements, special purpose food and enriched food. In 2015-2016 there were amount 20,000 applications filed with the Chief Sanitary Inspector. The statistical data shows that the number follows an upward trend as compared to previous years. In order to increase the safety of consumers of dietary supplements, the Department of Functional Food at the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate has prepared a draft amendment to the act on safety of food and nutrition.
The amendment would be adopted together with the next amendment to the pharmaceutical law.
There are many indications that it will be one of the most rigorous acts in this term of the government. New rules regarding labelling the packaging as well as limitations to the advertising inventiveness are examples of the changes in the provisions of law that the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate intends to adopt with regard to dietary supplements.
For an advertisement of a dietary supplement which is contrary to the provisions of law there would be penalties up to PLN 20 million.
In connection with the planned stricter provisions, first the packaging of the products are to be changed. Each packaging will have to feature the following text: “The dietary supplement is a food the purpose of which is to supplement normal diet.” It should cover at least 20 per cent of the packaging. The markings allowing to differentiate supplements from drugs will also be included in audio and video advertisements. In case of TV commercials they will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, and in case of radio spots they will be read by the reader.