The 2021 APEC International Workshop on Food Adulterated with Drugs and Illegal Products, under the auspices of Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, takes place on August 10-11 with the continued support of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The workshop brings together scholars and experts from France, Belgium, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan to exchange insights and facilitate further collaboration.
The rapid rise and abuse of NPS and illegal drugs have long become a global issue. The ongoing pandemic has only made matters worse, leading to rampant criminal activity. This is a public health issue that Taiwan needs to address proactively, as there are various types of NPS and illegal drugs in the market, and their prevalence is increasing every year. The workshop attracts over 200 participants from industry, government, and academia. Their exchange of insights will be instrumental as Taiwan seeks to improve its analytical capabilities and, ultimately, safeguard citizen’s health and drug use.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop is conducted virtually this year, where scholars and experts from France, Belgium, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan gather to discuss detection technologies and future challenges regarding NPS and illegal drugs with the local health bureau, investigation bureau, police, procurator and customs. Their contributions will help Taiwan keep its analytical capabilities up to date with international standards and facilitate a platform for exchanges and collaboration. With joint efforts from all circles, we are all better equipped to stem the spread of NPS and illegal drugs.