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.