July 28, 2021


There's nothing like our health

Trade associations request additional $5 million in funding for FDA supplement office

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The four associations letter was send yesterday to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND.  The two are the chairman and ranking member of the Senate subcommittee that governs recommendations for the FDA budget.

The letter was signed by the heads of the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition on the United Natural  Products Alliance.  UNPA led the funding request effort this year.

The additional $5 million is requested to bolster the efforts of FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs.  ODSP Acting Director Cara Welch, PhD, said the number of full time equivalents (FTEs), a headcount equivalent, stands at about 30 to 32 in the office at any one time.  Industry stakeholders have frequently observed that this is a tiny number to regulate an industry that has grown by leaps and bounds since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994 that created the modern marketplace.

Bigger market, more violative products

“In the United States, more than 170 million consumers use dietary supplements each year as a cost-effective way to take an active role in managing their healthcare. After the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the dietary supplement industry has grown from around $6 billion in annual sales to over $55 billion in 2020. This robust growth of the industry reflects not only increased interest among consumers for these products, but also significant advancements in the science of nutrition and wellness,”​ the letter stated.

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