Natural Health Science Foundation (NHSF) Product Accreditation
To acheive the goal to assist informed choice, it is essential that consumers, health profesionals and the media are able to identify natural health products with specific evidence.
Over the past 2 years the Foundation has worked with many stakeholders to develop a transparent, robust and independent review process of natural health products. After publication in 2018 for consultation, the agreed process is described below.
This was published in 2017 to describe the NHSF’s principles concerning herbal medicine quality and equivalence. This is the basis upon which a product can be described as essentially the same from a quality, efficacy and safety point of view as the specific product used in a clinical trial.
This is an overview of the process and how it is managed.
This describes the independence and transparency of the process.
This is a short summary of the sequence of the accreditation process.
The first step is for the product to be demonstrated as equivalent (“essentially the same”) as the product used in a clinical trial.
Having established that the product on the market is equivalent to that used in a clinical trial, the clinical trial is assessed to see if the evidence demonstrated in the clinical trial supports a health benefit.
The NHSF is now processing the first applications and will be publishing them in the last quarter of 2019.
To assist consumers, media and health professionals understand that evidence for natural health products is product specific, the NHSF is developing minicourses to explain why this is so and what it means for them. These courses will be available from quarter 1 2020. The NHSF will provide certification for health professionals that have completed the relevant course. The goal of this certiciation is to assist consumers find health professionals that can guide their choice of product based on specific evidence.