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This workshop addresses manufacturers of food ingredients and consumer products, giving an insight into the legal and scientific challenges faced in successful development of health products for the EU market.

About the workshop host:
Dr Inga Köhler, Senior Consultant for Health and Nutrition

Since 2004 Dr. Köhler has worked for analyze & realize, an international consultancy specializing in strategic support for the development and marketing of natural health products.

After taking her masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Freiburg, she stayed for a year in West and Southern Africa to gain a deeper insight into the relevance of traditional herbal medicine and specific herbal preparation in African people’s daily life. Based on the obtained ethnobotanical data on various herbal plants, she came back to Germany and started her PhD thesis at the Institute of Pharmacy at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin. During these years, Dr. Köhler was involved in the basic science of the purification of African herbal extracts that are traditionally used against malaria and the identification and of active lead compounds. In subsequent years, Dr. Köhler worked for a German authority and was involved in the implementation of the analytical assessments of natural ingredients and various foodstuffs.
In her current position at analyze & realize, Dr. Köhler supports companies in the development of dietary products, nutritional supplements, functional foods and medicinal herbal products. Her main focus area is the development of new products with herbal active ingredients, giving scientific as well as regulatory support to the customers.

About analyze & realize:

analyze & realize is an international consulting company, providing scientific and strategic support to producers of natural health products. analyze & realize combines a clinical research organisation, specialised on clinical trials with natural health products, with a team of interdisciplinary scientists providing scientific, regulatory and strategic support. With this broad portfolio, analyze & realize is able to support product developments from foods, food supplements, natural cosmetics and herbal drugs from the concept idea to market launch.

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

14:10 New Product Development – Legal Framework

14:50 Case Studies of EFSA Evaluated Claim Applications

15:30 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Product-Specific Clinical Studies for Successful Regulatory Filing

16:30 Questions & Answers Session

17:00 Close of Workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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London SW1E 6AF
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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

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As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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