Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on the Long-Awaited Publication of the Final Rule on Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2007)—Following is a statement by Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s publication of the final rule on dietary supplement good manufacturing practices:

“The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and its members, many of the leading manufacturers of dietary supplements, commend FDA on the release of the final rule governing good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplement products. The procedures contained within the rule offer yet another layer of assurance to consumers of the identity, purity, strength, and composition of all dietary supplement products.

“CHPA members have long had exacting quality standards in place for the consumers who rely upon these products for their health and wellness needs. This rule will help ensure that all manufacturers comply with the same stringent standards to safeguard quality against containments and impurities, and to certify that all products are accurately labeled with the type and amount of dietary ingredients they contain. CHPA looks forward to continuing to work with FDA on this important effort in service to the public health.”

Contacts: Mimi Pappas and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 126-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.