BPOM Socialization on Regulation No. 8/2020
On 14 July 2020, EuroCham was invited to attend an information dissemination event organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM). This was the second session held by BPOM to discuss BPOM Regulation No. 8/2020 on Supervision of Drugs and Foods that are Distributed Online. The discussion largely focused on the implementation for Traditional Medicines, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics products. In the first session, Dra. Mayagustina Andarini, Apt., M.Sc (Deputy for Supervision of Traditional Medicine, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics) opened the presentation by providing information regarding the demand and availability of traditional medicine, health supplements, and cosmetics. In this regard, BPOM collaborates with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, NCB Interpol Indonesia, both national and local Indonesian Broadcasting Association (KPI), and the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (iDEA) as part of its effort to tackle the existence of illegal products online.
In the second session, Drs. Tepy Usia, Apt., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Director of Standardization of Traditional Medicines, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics) concluded that as technology develops and changes in lifestyle, circulation of traditional medicines, health supplements, and cosmetics online is inevitable. The supervision of online products is meant as a measure to protect consumers from products that do not comply with the prevailing laws and regulations, while at the same time maintain the competitiveness of online businesses.