American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) - Codex and Dietary Supplements
Codex and
Dietary Supplements


Now let's zero in on one specific area within Codex jurisdiction - Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.

Within the vast array of topics covered by Codex, the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) was motivated to create this site in response to developments that have the potential for threatening our freedom of choice for unrestricted access to dietary supplements. Therefore, the scope of this codexinfo.org site focuses on one committee - the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), one document - Codex Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements, and matters related to vitamin and mineral supplements.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
In 1988 the German-based CCNFSDU began discussing the need to control vitamin and mineral supplements. The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) decided this effort was appropriate, as dietary supplements fall within the Codex definition of food, which is "any substance, whether processed, semi-processed or raw, which is intended for human consumption, and includes drink, chewing gum, and any substance which has been used in the manufacture, preparation or treatment of 'food' but does not include cosmetics or tobacco or substances used only as drugs."

This document ultimately became the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements (also called Guidelines). It took until 2004 for the Guidelines to progress though the eight required steps in drafting a standard or guideline for international trade. The most difficult issue to resolve was how to set safe upper limits. The final choices came down to recommended daily intake or scientifically established risk assessment. The CCNFSDU that drafted this document finally selected the latter in 2003.

Guidelines scheduled for CAC finalization
The finalization of the Guidelines is on the agenda for the CAC session that will convene July 4, 2005 in Rome.

Codex Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements

Click here if you are interested in the History of the Development of the Guidelines.


Some people are very concerned about what is designated by the Guidelines and how they were drafted. Click here to explore Guidelines Concern.




This website was restructured in June 2005. This specific page was last updated June, 2005.


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