CRN applauds FDA's new dietary supplement working group

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CRN applauds FDA's new dietary supplement working group

By Sandra Levy - 12/17/2018
The Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association for dietary supplements and the functional food industry, welcomed Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb's recent announcement on the agency reexamining its policies for dietary supplements.

"Commissioner Gottlieb is correct that the dietary supplement industry has grown tremendously since the enactment of the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act, or DSHEA, in 1994 due to the emerging science that further supports the health benefits of these products and the continued growth in consumers’ interest to take more active roles in their health and wellness," CRN president and CEO Steve Mister said.

"We look forward to learning more about the recommendations of FDA’s Dietary Supplement Working Group and to working with the agency in evaluating these approaches. Since Dr. Gottlieb’s arrival at FDA, we have seen increased enforcement against bad actors that mismarket drug ingredients as dietary supplements, the implementation of the Program Alignment initiative to make FDA inspectors stronger experts in the production facilities they inspect, and a willingness to work with the industry on Supplement Facts label changes. We applaud these efforts,” Mister said.

Mister also said, “It is appropriate that FDA periodically reevaluate its regulatory tools and procedures. CRN has encouraged FDA to engage in more enforcement and to make use of the Supplement OWL, the dietary supplement industry’s online registry of products that provides the agency with new transparency. CRN will analyze any new proposals from the Working Group through the lens of DSHEA and the critical balance it strikes to protect public health, while assuring consumer access to a wide range of healthful and safe products marketed as dietary supplements.