Gregor Reid with the Tukwamuane Yogurt mamas in Mwanza, Tanzania outside their community kitchen

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To advance scientific excellence in probiotics and prebiotics


USP Holds Workshop on Probiotics

November 24, 2015. Last week, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) convened a workshop to discuss the value of probiotic monographs, including technical challenges that exist in developing them. USP can provide third-party verification of probiotic product content, which would improve end-user confidence in probiotic products. USP was established in 1820 and functions today as a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements worldwide. Information


FDA Reconsiders IND Requirement for Food Research

October 30, 2015.  FDA issued a stay on some provisions of their guidance pertaining to the need for an IND for human research on foods. ISAPP, along with other stakeholders involved in food research, filed comments objecting to guidance position that most human research needed to be conducted under an IND. The section of the guidance dealing with “Live Organisms” remains in effect and the impact of this on probiotic research remains to be seen. See legal perspectives on this action. 


ISAPP Brings Its Message to China

November 9, 2015. ISAPP Board Members Prof. Gregor Reid and Prof. Glenn Gibson traveled to China delivering the message of the importance of the science of probiotics and prebiotics. Report


ISAPP Sponsors Scientific Session in Bangkok

July 31, 2015. Three ISAPP board members (Drs. Salminen, Quigley and Sanders) and a gastroenterologist from University of Singapore (Dr. Reuben Wong) traveled to Bangkok to speak in an ISAPP-organized symposium at the Asian Federation of Societies of Lactic Acid Bacteria. The symposium focused on “The Future of Probiotics and Prebiotics.” The local hosts provided gracious hospitality and the audience of 341 from 23 countries was engaged in the latest science about clinical recommendations, gut barrier effect, use of probiotics in pediatrics and the ISAPP consensus panel. Meeting information. Photos from the meeting’s opening and closing ceremonies. 


Towards a Clear Status for Probiotics in Europe

July 22, 2015. IPA Europe announces a launch event, "Towards a Clear Status for Probiotics in Europe". September 30, 3016. Brussels. Register for event


ISAPP Provides Input on Microbiome Research to the White House.

June 14, 2015. ISAPP responded to a request by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for input on microbiome research priorities. ISAPP response 

ISAPP Responds to NIH-NCCIH Request for Research Direction.

May 12, 2015. ISAPP responds to the request by NIH-National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for input into the Center’s future research efforts and priority setting. ISAPP response.


ISAPP Comments on CBER Proposal on INDs

May 28, 2015. ISAPP filed comments on an FDA-CBER proposal regarding CMC information required for INDs on probiotic research (Federal Register Notice).  ISAPP welcomes this proposal by CBER that the label on a commercially available product would be adequate to satisfy CMC information.  ISAPP comments.



June 7-9, 2016

ISAPP 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Marina Palace, Turku, Finland. Program coming soon!

Dr. Karen Scott, ISAPP President

Dr. Karen Scott, ISAPP President

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