Merger creates International Probiotics Association Europe

9 Feb 2015

Member companies of the Yoghurt Live Fermented Milks Association (YLFA), International Probiotics Association (IPA) and Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) are joining forces to create a single broad representative platform – a European branch of IPA, called International Probiotics Association Europe (IPA Europe). The creation of a European branch of IPA will, the organisation said, […]

Merger creates International Probiotics Association Europe

probiotics-help-us-digest-handwritten-paper-42634742Member companies of the Yoghurt Live Fermented Milks Association (YLFA), International Probiotics Association (IPA) and Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) are joining forces to create a single broad representative platform – a European branch of IPA, called International Probiotics Association Europe (IPA Europe).

The creation of a European branch of IPA will, the organisation said, reinforce IPA as the global voice of probiotics and is a natural evolution from an increasingly successful collaboration between these associations, which together represent about sixty companies.

“IPA, GAP and YLFA are three of the few associations with probiotics as its core focus; combining their strengths will result in a stronger and wider outreach in Europe,” said George Paraskevakos, President of IPA. “With the establishment of a new European Commission and new European Parliament, the probiotic industry needs more than ever to speak with a single voice to improve the business environment for the sector in Europe.”

IPA Europe will seek to expand further, and is open to membership applications from companies. The first objective of IPA Europe will be to re-engage and enhance the dialogue with the EU authorities, and one of its key priorities will be to push forward the open discussion on the regulatory process for probiotics in Europe.

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