Recent reports have raised questions about the quality and safety of dietary supplements. Although quality challenges exist, many reputable supplement manufacturers make high quality products. Greater transparency will clarify the issues of supplement quality and identification.
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is pleased to work with the United Natural Product Alliance (UNPA), a leading trade organization, to promote transparency and provide a forum to address concerns about appropriate test methods and supply chain integrity.
USP and UNPA will address two of the most pressing issues facing the supplement industry — DNA barcode testing and the illegal adulteration of dietary supplements with drugs — in back-to-back workshops.
UNPA will host “The UNPA Dietary Supplement Analytical Summit: The Evolution and Implications of Analytical Testing in the Post-New York Attorney General World” on Nov. 5-6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Representatives of USP member organizations will receive a 10 percent discount with the code USP10.
The goal of the summit is to provide a deep understanding of current science, legal and regulatory developments raised by DNA barcoding and to help companies adapt and succeed in a changing marketplace.
Nandakumara Sarma, R.Ph., Ph.D., director of dietary supplements for the United States Pharmacopoeia, will present in a session titled “USP’s Compendial Standards for Botanical Supplements and the Role of DNA Barcoding Amongst Other Methods.”
On Dec. 3-4, USP will host a workshop, “Adulteration and Fraud in Food Ingredients and Dietary Supplements,” in Bethesda, Maryland. There, retailers, manufacturers and regulators will learn about several innovative tools and resources to identify and mitigate the risks associated with economically motivated adulteration and food fraud.
The tools will include new screening methodologies for detecting PDE5 inhibitors in dietary supplements and a discussion of a new USP Dietary Supplements Adulteration database currently in development. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the American Botanical Council and the Food Protection and Defense Institute.