Natural Products Association responds to
PBS segment on dietary supplements

The US has the safest dietary supplement and natural product supply in the world.


A report on PBS Frontline aired on January 19th which was to explore the US federal government’s regulatory approach to the dietary supplements, cast doubts and challenged the integrity and safety of the industry. The Natural Products Association and Dan Fabricant, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA) released the following statement:


“Thanks to the regulatory regime that is in place, the US has the safest dietary supplement and natural product supply in the world. There are strong regulations in place to protect consumers and punish criminals. During my tenure as the head of the Dietary Supplement Division at the FDA, my team took on more cases, did more inspections, levied more fines and put more people in jail than in the years before I arrived.


While there are some bad actors in the industry, this does not change the fact that the vast majority of products used by Americans each and every day, often at the advice of their doctor or medical professional, are safe and part of a balanced healthy lifestyle.


Additionally, NPA and the industry are developing a number of initiatives to elevate quality standards. One of our goals is to define and establish "minimum certification standards" for facilities that manufacture dietary supplement ingredients. Establishing 'minimum standards' will allow many more manufacturers to consistently produce safe and reliable products.


Currently, a wide variety of quality methods and many different levels of implementation are used across the industry, including companies and certifiers that still rely on older final-inspection techniques. NPA wants to improve these standards by ensuring the baseline is consistent, so that a rising tide can truly raise all ships. These initiatives are being developed by industry leaders working with the trade associations and independent certifying bodies which means that they will ultimately become the standard that is used for ingredients.”


The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the trade organization representing the entire natural products industry advocating for its members who supply, manufacture and sell natural ingredients or products for consumers. The Natural Products Association promotes good manufacturing practices as part of the growth and success of the industry. Founded in 1936, NPA represents over 2,000 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.


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