Wai Mun Poon

Regulatory Affairs Consultant, Wong SJ Asia

Wai Mun Poon is the owner, and Regulatory Affairs Consultant of Wong SJ Asia Pte Ltd. Wai Mun specialize in regulatory affairs for Food Supplements, Functional Food and Beverage in a regional capacity. For more than 10 years, Wai Mun has been actively providing advice to companies on regulatory strategy 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 M.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical from the University of New South Wales.

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Evolving and urgent – understanding today’s probiotics regulations in South East Asia

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 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 maximise opportunities for success.

  • Diverse, complex and evolving – an introduction to the current ASEAN regulatory environment
  • Progress and obstacles – permitted health claims and how they vary
  • Harmonisation – progress towards a shared ASEAN regulatory framework