The HFMA was created in 1965 and so has been the Voice of the Natural Health Industry for over 50 years.
The HFMA is a member of, partners with or works closely alongside a large number of industry stakeholders.
Representing Our Members & Industry
Much of the legislation relating to food supplements, herbal remedies and other natural health products now originates from the European Union. Intended to bring beneficial market harmonisation, such legislation often threatens disproportionate regulation and restriction of consumer choice and information.
It is the HFMA’s role to influence legislators, regulators and key opinion formers in maximising freedom of choice and access to safe, high quality natural health products and, in this task, we have become by far the most active Member State trade association in the EU.
The HFMA takes the lead in representing the views of the natural health products industry to key decision makers and influencers in both the UK and Europe. We have regular briefing and discussion meetings with the UK Government; MPs from all political parties; regulatory and enforcement agencies like the FSA (Food Standards Agency), MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), RD (Regulatory Delivery) the European Commission, MEPs and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).
The HFMA is proactively working on behalf of its members to achieve the best possible outcome from Brexit, and is thinking hard about what opportunities may exist for members. It is an active participant in the Defra/FDF Brexit Roundtable initiative, and is working closely with other sector groups.
The recent HFMA Brexit seminar brought together a number of key speakers , including three officials from the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU), the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Defra, which is leading on Brexit for the UK food and drink industry. We also work closely with Rosie Cooper MP, recently re-elected to the Health Select Committee, and Chair of the ‘Micronutrients and Health’ All-Party Parliamentary Group, for which the HFMA provides the Secretariat.
Careful planning helps us achieve our goals in the most effective way. In addition to our meetings and briefings, our issues often attract influential Parliamentary Questions, Motions, Adjournment Debates and lobbying by MPs and Peers and, in Europe, by MEPs. Where necessary, we seek expert legal advice and action or canvass media support. And we often work in tandem with other organisations – trade and consumer – that share complementary objectives.
In this way, the HFMA is truly The Voice of the Natural Health Industry.
Who’s Who in the HFMA
Members of the HFMA have access to a gold-standard network for help and advice that is always on-hand to provide invaluable feedback in response to their queries.
The HFMA staff are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. The Vice President and Executive Director can be contacted via the HFMA office.
Head Office & CLEAR CHECK (COPY • LABELLING • EDUCATION • ADVERTISING • REGULATION)
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association
1 Wolsey Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9EL
Tel: +44 (0)20 8481 7100
Fax: +44 (0)20 8481 7101
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or CLEARCHECK@hfma.co.uk
Proposes and implements HFMA policy, coordinates Council, Council committees and Working Group activities, manages HFMA Secretariat and represents HFMA at key meetings with Regulators and Parliamentarians.
Coordinate administration and communications internally and externally, with other industry stakeholders and HFMA member companies. Manage the Secretariat of the Micronutrients and Health All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Assists and supports in the day-to-day running of the main HFMA office and answering first-line calls. Supports the HFMA’s Working Groups and assists with any new members to HFMA.
HFMA’s Company Secretary (MHR).
CLEAR CHECK and HFMA Comms
CLEAR CHECK is responsible for administering the HFMA’s Code of Advertising Practice
Provide advice on regulatory issues, product labelling and advertising to member and non-member companies – for more information see here.
HFMA Comms Manager is responsible for external communication and all aspects of social media.
Political & Public Affairs
Advice on influencing UK & EU legislative and regulatory issues from a political perspective
Cicero/AMO: Mr Simon Fitzpatrick, Account Director
Advises on all aspects of proactive and defensive communications with members and the UK media
ROAD Communications: Beth Lowes, Digital PR and Communications specialising in health and wellbeing
Member companies are elected to Council for a period of two years and, by rotation, half of them are elected annually. Their nominated representatives volunteer considerable time to attending Council meetings that determine HFMA policy and strategy. Council officers (Chair and Treasurer) are elected annually by the Council, and the President and Vice-President, who do not have voting rights, are elected annually by members at the AGM.
Nelsons – Steve Mann (Chair)
Natural Trade Brokers – Tom Moses (Treasurer)
ADM Protexin – Aileen Green
Biocare – Emma Ellis
Vitabiotics – Robert Taylor
G R Lanes Health – Janet Groves
Lehvoss UK/Gee Lawson – Julian Domszy
Holland & Barrett International – Sukh Gill
Lamberts Healthcare – John Todd
MPL Marketing – Martin Last
Bountiful Company – Raj Dhaliwal
Eurocaps – Brett Tomlin
Vice-President: Robert Taylor (Vitabiotics)
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