The Association was established in April 1985 as an organization authorized by the former Ministry of Health and Welfare or Kosei-sho of the Japanese Government in order to contribute to the maintenance and promotion of public health from a public health viewpoint as a juridical entity that sets voluntary standards for each category of dietary supplements and approves display of the JHFA mark on products that meet these standards.
Further, from 2005, the Association has been operating the GMP certification program for dietary supplements, and from 2010, the third-party safety certification program for health foods.
With regard to foods with health claims defined in Japan (foods for specified health uses, foods with function claims, and foods with nutrient function claims) and foods for special dietary uses, the Association collects information, conducts research, and promotes appropriate knowledge of these foods.
With regard to food nutrition labeling standards, we promote the correct application of these standards in accordance with the intent of the Food Labeling Act, and we also provide guidance for the sound development of Association Members and related industries.
The Association was authorized by the Cabinet Office as a public interest incorporated foundation in July 2011.
JHFA stands for Japan Health Food Authorization.
This certification program, which is based on voluntary standards established by the Association from 1986, allows applicants' products to display the JHFA mark following a rigorous review process that, among other things, checks their authenticity and ensures that they meet safety and hygiene standards, that proper manufacturing standards are applied, and that labeling and advertising comply with applicable laws and regulations.
Licensees will be required to take a test once a year and report the results, and undergo re-assessment every four years. We aim to be a trusted beacon that helps consumers select the right products through display of the JHFA mark on many health foods. As of December 2017, approximately 300 products are allowed to display the JHFA mark.
Products that bear this mark are certified health foods that meet the voluntary standard related to health food quality established by the Association.
GMP, which stands for Good Manufacturing Practice, is a guideline on the production control and quality control of products and raw materials. Compliance with GMP is essential to ensure the safety and quality of products and raw materials. Implementation of this program is expected to boost the confidence and peace of mind of consumers in relation to health foods.
The Association has been operating a GMP certification program through surveys and assessments since April 2005, and certified factories are permitted to display the GMP Factory Mark in their company's advertisements and PR materials. Moreover, the GMP Product Mark can be displayed on individually approved products.
The system of the third-party GMP certification program is implemented with support from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and in accordance with the ministry's guidelines. The Japan Health Food & Nutrition Food Association has been accredited as a third-party GMP certification body by the Certification Management Council for In-House Safety Assessment of Health Foods supported by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare since 2014.
GMP Factory Mark
This mark can be displayed by factories that pass the Association's review.
GMP Product Mark
This mark can be displayed on products that are manufactured at a GMP certified factory and for which an application has been submitted and successfully passed.
This program is designed to ensure the safety of health foods. Under this program, the safety of raw materials is evaluated by the applicant and the results are reviewed by an examination committee comprised of academic experts.
The system of the third-party safety certification program for health foods is implemented with support from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and in accordance with the ministry's guidelines. The Japan Health Food & Nutrition Food Association has been accredited as a third-party safety certification body by the Certification Management Council for In-House Safety Assessment of Health Foods supported by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare since 2010.
This is a third-party certification program for the safety of health foods. This is the Japanese version of self-affirmed GRAS.
This mark is displayed for raw materials that have been self-certified as being safe.
Products for which an application has been submitted and that have successfully passed the review process can bear the mark.
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