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Asia Pacific: Decoding Probiotic Regulations for Food & Health Supplements

POON Wai Mun, Jerry Wang, Lorraine T.S. Li
Thursday , 13th Oct 2022

Academics and consumers alike now recognise the important role that gut microbes play in human health. As the demand for probiotic and prebiotic products grows, more and more probiotic Foods and Health Supplements are being introduced into the ASEAN region. In response regulatory agencies are developing regulations and guidelines to govern sales and marketing of probiotic supplements and functional foods. Wai Mun offers a guide to the current status and application of regulations across ASEAN demonstrating the challenges thrown up by diverse regulatory systems in key countries. Her insights will help manufacturers avoid common pitfalls and maximize opportunities for success.

China has become the second largest probiotic market in the world. The fast-growing probiotic industry has attracted many newcomers. However, there are still some improvements need to be done in China's probiotic laws and regulations. China has also issued a series of relevant laws and regulations to promote and regulate the development of the market. Jerry Wang talks about the major regulatory requirements for using probiotics in food and health supplements in China to help stakeholders ensure the compliance. 

Apart from China, South Korea and Japan are also the main markets for probiotic food in the Asia-Pacific area. The increasing awareness of health and the boosting aging population accelerates the consumption of probiotic products. However, the ambiguity in the legislation of this food category creates difficulties in entering these two regions. In the third part of the webinar, Lorraine Li, ChemLinked senior regulatory analyst, will introduce the supervision situation and product standards of probiotics in South Korea and Japan. 



  • Current regulations on Probiotics in ASEAN countries

  • Permitted Probiotic ingredients

  • Labelling and claims requirements for Probiotic products

  • Possibility of harmonisation of regulatory requirements for probiotics products 


  • Regulatory supervision on probiotics in China

  • Positive list of approved probiotics

  • New probiotics application procedures

  • Labeling and claims for probiotic products 

South Korea

  • Main regulations

  • Requirements for probiotics in general food

  • Requirements for probiotics in health functional food

  • New probiotics application


  • General Introduction 

  • Labeling

Date Time (GMT+8) World Clock Language
2022-10-13 16:00 ~ 17:00 UK: 09:00-10:00 English
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  • Regulatory Affairs Consultant
    Wai Mun is a specialist in Regulatory Affairs for Food Supplements, Functional foods and Beverages across the ASEAN region, working at Wong SJ Asia Pte Ltd. For more than 10 years, she has actively advised companies, helping them to develop regulatory strategies for product development and marketing. Wai Mun manages the Secretariat of ASEAN Technical Scientific Committee for Traditional Medicine and Health Supplements. She is a Biotechnologist and graduated with a MSc in Biopharmaceuticals from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • ChemLinked Regulatory Analyst
    Jerry Wang is a food regulatory analyst and news editor working at Chemlinked. He keeps a close eye on the food regulation dynamics around Asia Pacific Regions and has deep understanding of food market access requirements of China. The fields he skilled in include the import of prepackaged food, food ingredient compliance and label review.
  • ChemLinked Regulatory Analyst (focusing on South Korea regulatory compliance)
    Lorraine T.S. Li is a specialist in the research and analysis of the regulatory compliance of Korean Food, Cosmetics, and Chemical industry. She provides numerous News and Articles on Korean laws and ordinances of chemical, food, and cosmetics to help clients transcend the regulatory barriers. Follow me for more Korea compliances info. Contact me at :