Dietary Supplements Requirements

June 14, 2016 at 4:52 PM

With the introduction of the Food Act 2014, dietary supplements now need to meet the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 and Food Act 2014.

Guidance on whether a product is a dietary supplement

The Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 give a definition of dietary supplements and specify requirements for some ingredients.

In general, dietary supplements are substance(s) for oral use that are packed in a controlled dosage form and are intended to supplement the intake of that substance(s) normally derived from food.

Dietary supplements cannot:

  • contain controlled drugs – dietary supplements cannot contain ingredients scheduled as controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

  • contain substances listed in the First Schedule to the Medicines Regulations 1984 – dietary supplements cannot contain ingredients that are scheduled as prescription medicines, restricted (pharmacist-only) medicines or pharmacy-only medicines under the Medicines Act 1981

  • have a stated or implied therapeutic purpose - the definition of a therapeutic purpose is given in the Medicines Act 1981.

Click here for an overview of Dietary Supplement reqiurements.


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