Demand for dietary supplements is stronger than ever, but consumers want to know what goes into the supplements they take. They’re savvier shoppers and much more skeptical of the claims that companies make. Dietary supplements manufacturers remain under increased pressure from both consumers and regulators to manage claims more effectively and transparently.
Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) in response to this increased pressure to regulate dietary supplements and provide better consumer education.
DSHEA established a new regulatory framework for dietary supplements by classifying them differently from traditional drugs and food additives. In short, DSHEA, transferred regulation under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and clearly defined what constitutes a dietary supplement.
Additionally, under DSHEA, dietary supplements companies are responsible for substantiating the safety of the ingredients used in making supplements. Companies must be sure they can back up any representations or claims made about their products with adequate evidence to show they’re not false or misleading.
It’s worth noting that when Congress passed DSHEA more than 20 years ago, the supplements industry generated $4 billion in revenue on sales of roughly 4,000 different products. The market has grown tenfold since then.
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