Passed in 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) established a strong, comprehensive regulatory framework for dietary supplements where none existed before. Nearly 30 years later, DSHEA should protect the 21st century consumer who has access to an ever-expanding dietary supplement marketplace. A modernized regulatory structure will protect public health and reinforce the credibility of the dietary supplement category, allowing it to play a more influential role in the healthcare system.
As consumers take control of their healthcare routines, more people are turning to dietary supplements to provide a boost to their wellbeing. Modernized regulations are needed to meet growing consumer demand, strengthen confidence in dietary supplements, and keep pace with the growth of the industry.
It’s a common misconception that the dietary supplements category is not regulated, when in fact it is regulated by multiple government agencies, with manufacturers and retailers also managing responsibility throughout the process.
CHPA submitted comments this week to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the proposed development of an authorized list of dietary ingredients marketed prior to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
Echoing earlier comments submitted to the agency, CHPA and its member companies marketing dietary supplement products support the presumption of safety for dietary ingredients outlined in the 1994 passage of DSHEA.
The industry favors and supports the development of reasonable guidance. However, the agency’s attempt to redefine the NDI notification process contradicts the letter and spirit of DSHEA. The Draft Guidance would undo nearly two decades of agency practice and policy.
Members of CHPA which market dietary supplements formally initiated a voluntary labeling program on March 22, 2000 which relates to the use of the following label statement on dietary supplement products.
Advertising and marketing of dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA, the FTC, and other governmental organizations. Products must be deemed safe prior to marketing and advertisement claims must be substantiated.