CSPI's Take on IOM Report on Dietary Supplements

Statement of CSPI director of legal affairs, Bruce Silverglade,

January 13, 2005

The National Academy of Sciences Institute for Medicine has called on Congress to amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to improve the safety and quality of dietary supplements and to create incentives for research on the efficacy of these products, particularly those containing herbal medicines.

CSPI supports this urgent call for legislative reform of the way that dietary supplements are produced and marketed to consumers. This report is further proof that the current law is failing to protect consumers from poorly manufactured and unsafe products, as well as misleading claims.

While the Food and Drug Administration has recently issued new guidelines for industry and has stepped up enforcement of current regulations, the National Academy of Sciences report concludes that the dietary supplement law needs a major overhaul, not just a tune up.


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