The “C”s of Change: Omega-3 Policy in College, Canada and China (Sponsored by DSM)

2:00pm – 3:30pm / Wednesday February 5th

Although it’s so important to effect policy change at local and global levels, the connection between omega-3 science and policy change is not always an easy one to forge. Similarly, understanding and navigating the regulatory environment in a given geography can be fraught with challenges. This session will showcase a success story at the local level — collegiate sports in the US — highlight a case study of policy change in motion in the Canadian government, and offer an analysis of the ever-changing regulatory landscape in China with an emphasis on health food registrations and filing requirements.

Research & Policy:  Omega-3 Fatty Acids in College Athletics

Dr. Jonathan Oliver, Senior Associate Athletic Director of High Performance, Army West Point Athletics

Dr. Oliver will share his research conducted in a number of a sports examining the potential neuroprotective role of omega-3s in sports-related head trauma and how that research contributed to a grass roots effort to remove omega-3s from the impermissible list of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), an organization that has oversight of North American university athletic programs.

Exploring the Path to a Recommended Intake in Canada and the US

Dr. Richard Bazinet, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism, University of Toronto

Lipid scientist Dr. Richard Bazinet, the current president of the International Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), has communicated with policymakers about the benefits of omega-3s for brain health, including Codex delegates in Africa and in his home country of Canada. Dr. Bazinet was instrumental in helping to organize an omega-3 Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) workshop in Canada, which took place in December 2019, for which he will provide an update and potential next steps.

Understanding the Chinese Regulatory Environment

Cathy Yu, General Manager-Food Division and Senior Food Regulatory Consultant, CIRS Group

Getting an omega-3 product approved in China can be a challenging and mysterious process. Ms. Yu will help decipher Chinese regulations and registrations, the changes expected to the “Blue Hat” approval process and the latest in health claim developments under the new SAMR infrastructure.


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