On 24 July 2018, a roundtable on sports supplements was convened by the Australian Government Department of Health on behalf of the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC). The roundtable consisted of consumer groups, the sports supplement industry and health professionals, the Australian Government and state and territory governments.
The roundtable discussed current regulations for sports supplements and considered what can be done to enhance consumer safety. An outcome report from the roundtable has been published and is attached below.
An action plan has subsequently been developed and was agreed to by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) on 11 October 2018. The action plan includes all proposed actions discussed at the roundtable and is separated into three main focus areas – Regulation; Targeted education; and Reporting and communication.
Reporting non-compliant imported products to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is considered a high priority action. DAWR has requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to undertake a risk assessment of imported sports supplements. It is expected that the risk assessment will support an increased inspection rate of imported products at the border which will assist in preventing non-compliant products entering the Australian market.