Statement from Natural Products Association (NPA) Executive Director and CEO John Gay about recent concerns regarding multivitamin
"ConsumerLab.com is a company whose business model has long raised questions about its results. The bottom line is that the supplement industry has a strong record of quality, one that is bolstered by extensive regulatory and self-regulatory efforts.
Now that the Food and Drug Administration has implemented the good manufacturing practices rule for companies of all sizes, manufacturing operations and quality measures must be in place to ensure that what is listed on the label is what is in the product. In addition, the Natural Products Association has long believed in strong self-regulatory efforts.
NPA's GMP certification <http://www.npainfo.org/gmp>, created in 1999 as the first third-party GMP certification program for the manufacturing of dietary supplements and ingredients, exceeds the standards set by the FDA. Nearly 70 companies have achieved certification.
Is it any wonder that half of all Americans trust dietary supplements and use them as part of a healthy lifestyle? While consumers should check with their doctor before taking any supplements, they should rest assured that dietary supplements are both safe and fully regulated as a unique category of food under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
For anyone with questions about supplements, the Natural Products Foundation, NPA's research and education arm for consumers, maintains a Dietary Supplement Information Bureau at http://www.naturalproductsinfo.org/.”
Natural Products Association
The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 1,900 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. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA's mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. Visit http://www.npainfo.org/ .