24 May 2016

Regulations too strict say natural health businesses

From Nine To Noon, 9:17 am on 24 May 2016

Small natural health businesses say new regulations which will regulate the natural health industry are heavy handed and will hurt them the most. The Natural Health and Supplementary Products bill will allow the Ministry of Health to regulate the sector, so ingredients in supplements are permitted or prohibited and manufacturers are licensed.It will also restrict the claims that can be made about products so potential health benefits could only be made if there is proven scientific evidence, or traditional evidence that it works. Dr Guy Hatchard represents a group of 10 Natural Health companies and practitioners who are worried about the changes. Kathryn also speaks with Alison Quesnell the executive director of Natural Products NZ.