As the authoritative voice of the natural health industry, the HFMA supports the interests of its members with legislators and regulators; promotes industry best practice for product quality and safety; and provides responsible information for consumers.
In 1995 the HFMA were approached by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), who were concerned that products containing Propolis of dubious quality were already on the market, and that in a growing market, there were no industry-agreed specifications for quality standards for the substance.
As a result an HFMA sub-committee in conjunction with Reading Scientific Services Limited began a four year project , the results of which are the HFMA specifications for purified and harvested raw Propolis. These specifications have since received the approval of both MAFF and the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards (LACOTS), and have been officially adopted by the HFMA.
Applying for the Standard
Companies wishing to apply for the HFMA Standard should contact the HFMA in the first instance (Tel: 0208 481 7100) to obtain details. Requirements include product samples – both finished products and raw materials - for laboratory testing and certification from relevant suppliers. Successful applicants will be granted permission to use the HFMA Standard mark for an initial 2 year period during which the products may be subject to spot checks to determine continued conformity.