Industry Associations Applaud Passage of Biden/Hatch Legislation Placing Steroid Hormone Precursors Under Controlled Substances Act

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2004)—The trade associations of the dietary supplement industry congratulate the U.S. Congress for unanimously passing S. 2195 (Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004), a bill introduced by Senators Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), that provides for the listing of steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione (“andro”) under the Controlled Substances Act. Such action effectively prohibits the marketing of these substances as dietary supplements by regulating them as Schedule III controlled substances.

The trade associations have been in support of such a bill since it was first introduced one year ago by Sens. Biden and Hatch, legislation also supported by other organizations such as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the American Medical Association, and the National Football League.

Led by the industry trade associations, the dietary supplement industry believes this bill presents a step forward toward resolving issues affecting consumer confidence in the dietary supplement category. The trade associations are eager to create an opportunity to refocus visibility on the safety and benefits of our industry’s core products including vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and specialty ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids, SAM-e, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate.

Contacts: AHPA – Karen Robin (301) 588-1171
CHPA – Elizabeth Assey (202) 429-9260
CRN – Judy Blatman (202) 204-7962
NNFA – Tracy Taylor (202) 223-0101
UNPA – Loren Israelsen (801) 474-2572

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)
AHPA exists to serve its members by promoting the responsible commerce of products that contain herbs and that are used to enhance health and the quality of life.

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
CHPA is the 123-year-old national trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and nutritional supplements and operates the web site.

Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
CRN has represented key manufacturers of dietary supplement ingredients and products for over 30 years, providing its member companies with regulatory guidance, scientific information on the benefits and safety of dietary supplements, public relations expertise, and legislative support.

National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA)
NNFA was founded in 1936 and represents the interests of some 8,000 retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of natural products, including health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

Utah Natural Products Alliance (UNPA)
UNPA was organized in 1991 and represents the interests of the $3 billion dietary supplement industry based in Utah.