Since we, as consumers, along with manufacturers, are responsible for the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements, (according to the FDA) it is essential to know what supportive resources are available to us. Especially important to know given the fact that 34% of the most popular multivitamins tested “defective” in the last year.*
To help you understand both safety and efficacy, here are some resources.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA established a set of Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPS) that all domestic and foreign companies that manufacture, package, label or hold dietary supplement, including those involved with testing, quality control, and dietary supplement distribution in the U.S., must comply. The FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market. This helps identify bad sources but only after a risk has been identified.
United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
A scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the quality, purity, identity, and strength of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. Products that meet the USP voluntary program’s stringent criteria are awarded the distinctive USP Verified Mark.
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF International)
NSF is an independent, not-for-profit organization offering unbiased product testing of dietary supplements. Products that meet the main components of the NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program will earn the NSF International certification mark.
Consumer Lab (CL)
Consumer Lab may be the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. CL enables companies of all sizes to have their products voluntarily tested for potential inclusion in its list of Approved Quality products and bear the “CL Seal.”
Here’s How to Read a ConsumerLab.com approved quality product Seal. – “CL Seal”
Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
The mission of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.
*Consumer Lab, 2011
To learn about various Tested and True supplements, scroll below.
*reference: Consumer Reports Health