The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the nation’s largest association representing natural products and the leading representative of the dietary supplement industry. NPA Executive Director and CEO John Shaw and Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Dr. Cara Welch respond to a Chicago Tribune story about Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and the dietary supplement industry:
John Shaw: “Safety is the number one priority for dietary supplements manufacturers. Most Americans take supplements to address nutritional deficiencies and support their health. The Food and Drug Administration offers a distorted picture of supplement safety in the Chicago Tribune story. In fact, it has been well documented that supplements have an excellent safety record. Nothing in this article should persuade anyone to stop taking their supplements.
“It’s important to emphasize that dietary supplements are part of a fully regulated industry. Good manufacturing practices apply to all supplement manufacturers, large or small, and everyone in the industry must comply with them.”
Cara Welch: “It is vitally important that our industry demonstrate to consumers and federal regulators that our manufacturing practices are of the highest quality. NPA has been the leader in providing GMP education to inform the industry about their responsibilities under the law. We were the first to offer a third-party GMP certification program in 1999, long before the federal regulations went into full effect. Our GMP standards meet or exceed those set by the FDA.
“More than 1,000 people from more than 600 companies have participated in an NPA GMP education session. We offer in-person and online training, and we’ll even send someone to your facility to talk to your staff. Any supplement manufacturer seeking to avoid issues with FDA inspections should turn to NPA for assistance.”
NPA offers a variety of industry education and certification programs, including GMP certification and Natural Seal certification, at NPAinfo.org. Get a list of companies with NPA-certified Good Manufacturing Practices at NPAinfo.org/consumers.