CRN's Cordaro Presents 'State of the Industry' At Association's 2002 Annual Conference

— Provides Blueprint for Industry’s Future —

SAVANNAH, GA., October 8, 2002 — John Cordaro, president and chief executive officer, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), today called upon the dietary supplement industry to promote growth "by restoring consumer confidence in using dietary supplements." Mr. Cordaro spoke to an audience of industry executives during his annual "State of the Industry" address at the CRN 2002 Annual Conference at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort.

Mr. Cordaro emphatically stated that the components of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) suitable for supporting a positive regulatory environment for responsible manufacturers may not survive unless the industry takes immediate action.

According to Mr. Cordaro, while the industry has "squandered the legacy and the opportunities that the 1990s provided," he was confident that the industry could still achieve success. "DSHEA should not have been seen as an endpoint…but rather as a new beginning."

Mr. Cordaro called for better defining an enforceable regulatory framework for companies to responsibly manufacture and market dietary supplements, focusing on four key components:

  • Developing a transparent system and process for assessing the safety of each ingredient used in dietary supplements and requiring that safety assessments be completed before the ingredient is marketed.
  • Requiring a rational basis for product formulation, by demanding credible scientific evidence on each specific ingredient and combination of ingredients with sufficient amounts of the ingredient to (1) achieve the benefit implied or claimed and (2) avoid the risk of adverse effects due to excessive intakes.
  • Developing standards and guidelines for science-based substantiation for all information and claims about the benefits of dietary supplement products and supporting actions as required.
  • Requiring all dietary ingredients and dietary supplement products be manufactured under rigorous good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and quality standards, with appropriate, useful certification to consumers.

"CRN and its members believe affirmative self-regulation is the proper way to complement aggressive regulatory enforcement," stated Mr. Cordaro.

As CRN approaches its 30th anniversary, Mr. Cordaro reminded the audience of the association’s numerous successes and assured them that CRN is the right association to lead the dietary supplement industry forward. He pledged, "The CRN staff is ready to move forward and work together with you to achieve our mission to help create an environment for responsible companies to grow by restoring consumer confidence in dietary supplements. Only in this way can we hope to return to our earlier days of golden opportunities–double-digit growth and positive scientific results supported by our industry."


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations representing ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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