Govt sets up Task Force for Nutraceutical sector

List of members: This Task Force, with a term of two years, is constituted under the chairmanship of Dr K Vijayaraghavan

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Last Updated on December 8, 2021 by The Health Master

Task Force for Nutraceutical sector

List of members: In an effort to give much-needed impetus to the nutraceutical sector and unlock its growth potential, the government of India is now looking to address the challenges that the industry is facing with the approval of a competent authority, which is a 14-member Task Force.

This Task Force, with a term of two years, is constituted under the chairmanship of Dr K Vijayaraghavan, principal scientific adviser (PSA) to the government of India.

It is expected to propel the growth of the sector which gained considerable importance during the ongoing C-19 period where immunity came to the centre-stage which highlighted the indispensability of nutraceutical consumption for better health.

In fact, the formation of the Task Force was a result of extensive discussions by the industry representatives with the PSA and the Union government.

Members of the talk force are as under:

Chairman

  • Dr K Vijayaraghavan

Members:

  • Dr. Anand Swaroop, President, CEPHAM
  • Sanjaya Mariwala , chairman and managing director, OMniActive,
  • Amit Srivastava, chief catalyst, Nutrify India,
  • Dr Anil Jain, Gangwal Chemicals ,
  • Dr Raktim Chattopadhyay, Espere Nutrition,
  • SK Rajan, director, Ministry of Commerce,
  • Dr Sumit Garg, department of pharmaceuticals,
  • Dr Manoj Nesari, advisor, Ministry of Ayush
  • Dr Deepak Londhe, research officer as alternative member,
  • Dr DBA Narayana, chair, scientific panel on nutraceuticals for FSSAI
  • Arun K Sharma, expert, nutraceuticals
  • Dr Komal Chauhan, associate professor, NIFTEM, MoFPI.

The ex-officio members are:

  • Dr Hemlatha director, NIN
  • Dr Sridevi Annapurna Singh, director, CSIR-CFTRI
  • Dr Meenakshi Singh, chief scientist, CSIR.

The agenda for the task force is to identify challenges to achieving the full potential of the nutra sector and suggest measures, including policy initiatives.

They will also chalk out the strategy to define HSN codes and look into international initiatives like the UNPA-India Initiative. Further, they will also look at the introducing the sector to the productivity linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

Efforts are to identify the top 10 products to focus on internationalizing for global leadership are also on the cards.

They will assess the need for a Centre of Excellence (CoE) at defined locations to undertake advanced R&D and innovation. Going forward, experts would also be invited for any of the meetings if deemed necessary.

According to Amit Srivastava, chief catalyst, Nutrify Today, although the market size is US $ 9 billion with a growth rate of 16-17 percent, the industry needed the much needed attention from the government of India and the Task Force constitution is a step in the right direction.

China accounts for a US$50 billion nutraceutical industry. Now with this Task force, we can see a quantum jump Indian nutraceutical growth even as the pandemic times led to an growing interest for the consumption of nutraceutical.

Nutrify Today is dealing with 12,000 nutraceutical companies, of which 38 percent are start-ups dealing with health ingredients and manufacturing finished products.

This apart pharma companies have made inroads into the nutraceutical space.

We will see technology support to the nutraceutical sector to ascertain a person’s body need for nutrition to control life style disorders and deficiencies at bay, Dr Srivastava told adding that the Task Force will fast-track research and innovation to speed up volume growth.

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