It’s in your hands

Every day, millions of Britons take vitamin and mineral supplements, either as part of their long term health and nutrition regimes or to address specific ailments. But proposed EU legislation threatens to weaken over-the-counter supplements by lowering the maximum permitted levels. The Save Our Supplements (SOS) campaign calls on the Government to take urgent action, so consumers can continue to make informed choices for themselves – free of excessive regulatory interference.

About the Food Supplements Directive

For over 17 years, we have successfully campaigned to delay the implementation the European Union Foods Supplements Directive (2002/46/EC) which calls for lower MPLs. Although still being debated, there is a strong possibility that the levels will be set in line with France and Germany, which are considerably lower than those in the UK. Together with The Netherlands and Ireland, we currently adopt a far more permissive attitude towards supplements than other EU member states, meaning that a wider range of higher-dose remedies is available. If lower MPLs were set, to bring them in line across all 28 member states, hundreds of safe and popular products, many of which have been around for decades, will be substantially weakened. Not only will this have a damaging effect on the specialist supplements industry, it will significantly undermine consumers’ rights to make informed choices for themselves.

How you can get involved

We believe that you have a right to choose how you take care of your own health. That’s why we’ve re-launched our SOS campaign lobbying government to safeguard your rights and protect the sale of vitamin and mineral supplements in the UK. If you agree, please show your support, there are four ways you can help:

Pre-election campaign

Ahead of the General Election on May 7th 2015, you have an excellent chance to make sure that your new MP will stand up for your rights to maintain access to the safe health maintaining nutritional products used by millions for many years. We’ve developed a new toolkit that is intended to help you brief the candidates in your area on this issue and secure their support ahead of polling day.

You Parliamentary Candidates will be keen to secure your support and are certain to respond positively to any request you make. Please make the most of this opportunity at this crucial time and make them aware of this serious issue that you, as a voter and their prospective constituent, would like their assistance in addressing.

As usual, to aid you with contacting your Parliamentary Candidate and making your views known, this toolkit includes:

  1. A draft letter or email for you to send to your Parliamentary Candidates, which you should feel free to personalise.
  2. A copy of the fully updated CHC Briefing Note which we would encourage you to enclose or attach.

Access the toolkit here:

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