CHPA Applauds FDA’s Proposed Standards for Dietary Supplements

Consumers Will Benefit from Uniform Good Manufacturing Practices

Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2003)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and its members applaud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for releasing the Agency’s long-awaited proposed regulation to require current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for the makers of America’s dietary supplement products.

“CHPA has been on public record for many years as a proponent of increased standards for dietary supplement manufacturing,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “Today’s move by FDA should further bolster consumer confidence in the dietary supplement products they take without limiting access to them.”

As proposed, the cGMPs will establish uniform standards for the dietary supplement industry to make certain that the products consumers are purchasing are of high quality and do not contain any contaminants or impurities. Additionally, dietary supplement products must be accurately labeled so that consumers have a full understanding of the type and amount of ingredients each individual product contains.

“CHPA has always supported the full implementation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994,” said Sudyam. “The publication of the proposed cGMP rule is a good step toward that.”

The Association is also very supportive of FDA providing the industry with the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. “We are still analyzing all of this new information,” Suydam stated. “On whole, we are looking at the cGMPs in a very favorable light; however, there may be a few details that we need to work on,” she added. “We look forward to working with FDA in this process.”

Contacts: Donna Edenhart and Mimi Pappas, 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 122-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.