Background: Nutraceutical is a term that is a combination of nutrition and pharmaceutical. They are believed to improve physical and mental health and provide therapeutic benefit in disease conditions. Nutraceuticals are claimed to be beneficial in several disease conditions which include cardiovascular disorder, neurodegenerative disorders, metabolic disorders and cancer prevention.
Objective: In the current review, we will study the current regulatory framework in some of the major countries of the world by comparing different parameters of these regulations.
Findings: Global nutraceutical market is currently expanding at a rapid pace but there are some restraints to the market growth which include poor quality manufacturing and unharmonized regulations leading to trade barriers across the globe. Although there are laws and regulations in place which govern nutraceutical products in different countries, these regulations lack harmonization and differ from country to country. Some of the countries follow stringent regulations, whereas, in some of the countries, well-structured and stern regulations for nutraceuticals are lacking.
Conclusion: The development of a well regulated, harmonized and research-driven approach can help boost the confidence of consumers in nutraceutical products in the world thereby driving the nutraceutical market.
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