WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Friday noted that all dietary supplement manufacturers without exception now are legally bound to comply with dietary supplement-specific good manufacturing practices.
With the third and final phase-in of the law, small dietary supplement firms (those with less than 20 employees) now join large and mid-sized companies in the legal requirement to be GMP-compliant.
“This is a historic day for the dietary supplement industry and its consumers,” stated Steve Mister, CRN’s president and CEO. “Full implementation of the GMP regulations that we fought so hard for should put to rest any skepticism that our industry is not regulated. Clearly, there are stringent manufacturing standards that our entire industry must adhere to, and we expect that after three years of preparation for implementation, manufacturers are prepared to embrace GMP compliance as another illustration of an industry committed to its consumers.”
The CRN also encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that the industry is meeting GMPs by conducting inspections.
“[The] industry worked hard to get GMPs and we now expect the FDA to make complete use of the standards by holding the industry to them,” Mister said. “Full implementation of the GMPs, coupled with FDA attention to industry compliance, will help to weed out bad actors from our legitimate industry and assure that consumers are being protected.”