Over time, there has been an evolution in the regulatory framework for the protection of patients and consumers. An exceptional progression of demographics inclusive of non-communicable chronic diseases, an aging society, and transforming innovations in healthcare, present challenges and provide potential opportunities. There is a need to take action for the timely development, appropriate, as well as, affordable healthcare solutions for patients and society as a whole. Policies and regulatory frameworks also must be fit-for-purpose to drive innovation. There is continuous pressure on healthcare systems.
The pioneering nutrition specialists Manfred Ruthsatz, Kathleen D’Hondt, and Jim Kaput explore this issue in ‘Personalized Nutrition for Better Health: Targeting the Human Microbiome’. The articles describe the significant role of nutrition & the human microbiome in the personalization of health and disease management, needing diligent regulatory & policy action while technology & science are evolving fast.
Since the introduction of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, the dietary supplement market has flourished with the addition of various new product streams inclusive of products containing one or more herbal ingredients. Meanwhile, significant advancements in analytical methodologies have resulted in a better understanding of the complexity & diversity of botanical chemistry, as well as, botanical preparations. In ‘the Botanical Safety Consortium: The Development of a 21st Century Framework for Assessing the Safety of Botanical Dietary Supplements,’ experts share their deep understanding into steps for the improvement of the safety of botanicals in dietary supplements. These experts explore several United States legislative initiatives & efforts by various non-governmental firms, such as the American Botanical Council & Council for Responsible Nutrition, to track patterns of usage of botany, and the efforts of Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology to approach safety issues, inclusive of its development of the Botanical Safety Consortium & its working groups.