In response to a segment on vitamins that aired on The Dr. Oz Show on April 9, 2013, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued the following statement:
CHPA and CRN and their member companies recognize the importance of providing quality dietary supplements, which includes multivitamins, to enhance consumer health and fill nutritional gaps. We believe that the strength of our industry relies on adherence to high quality standards and find it critically important that the regulating authorities have the resources they need to fully enforce rules and regulations for quality. In addition, our member companies work together with our organizations to identify and develop useful tools to ensure compliance with all aspects of dietary supplement manufacturing.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforce numerous regulations governing dietary supplement manufacturing, labeling, and marketing. In addition, FDA has inspection authority to ensure quality throughout the manufacturing process, under the agency’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) regulations, issued in 2007 and made effective for all companies in June 2010. GMPs set standards for testing and manufacturing. GMPs include:
- Raw materials quality assurance;
- Record-keeping of substances throughout the manufacturing process;
- Standards for cleanliness and safety;
- Qualifications of manufacturing personnel;
- Finished product specifications, and
- Production and process controls.
We fully support the FDA and the FTC’s strong enforcement against those who do not comply with the law.