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Dietary Supplement Regulation

Critics of dietary supplements allege that dietary supplements are “unregulated.” In fact, virtually all facets of dietary supplement manufacturing, labeling and advertising are covered by extensive regulations issued and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Prior to 1994 dietary supplements were regulated by the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. After 1994 supplements were regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which among other things mandate that supplement manufactures must comply with published FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The FDA Modernization Act of 1997 added additional regulations…

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