CRN Supports Actions By Hatch and Harkin to Improve AER System For Dietary Supplements

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2004 -- The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade associations, today affirmed its support of efforts by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) to work with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and other congressional offices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the industry and other stakeholders to develop an appropriate reporting system for serious adverse events associated with dietary supplements.

According to CRN President Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., “It is important to develop the right system so that reporting of serious adverse events will result in meaningful signals that will be helpful for FDA in providing advice to consumers and will, at the same time, be workable for industry. We look forward to having a seat at the table.”

The dietary supplement industry has been engaging in on-going discussion about ways to improve adverse event reporting systems. CRN, other industry trade associations, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota are co-sponsoring a one-day seminar on June 30, in Minneapolis, MN, to discuss this topic. For more information on this seminar, call 801-474-2572.


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry 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. For more information on CRN, visit <>

Judy Blatman
Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
Telephone: 202-204-7962

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