Greater transparency is needed to bring clarity to the issues of supplement quality and identification.
USP is working with the United Natural Product Alliance (UNPA), a leading trade organization, in a collaborative effort to promote transparency, while also providing a forum to address concerns about appropriate test methods and supply chain integrity.
“In addition to the transparency provided by the public process used to develop USP standards, all public standards also provide a uniform reference point for regulators and industry for dietary supplements and ingredients, which is key to promoting supply chain integrity,” explained Christine Feaster, vice president of strategic marketing and program operations, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines, at USP.
“The dietary supplements industry is at a critical juncture. It is imperative that industry address concerns about supplement quality to ensure regulator, legislator and public confidence in its products,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “We need to make it easier for both consumers and regulators to distinguish quality products and that requires greater transparency. The United States Pharmacopeia provides public standards and best practices necessary to address these issues. UNPA is proud to continue its collaboration with USP. In particular, we welcome its expertise in ensuring supplement quality, supply chain integrity and scientifically validated test methods.”
USP and UNPA will address two of the most pressing issues currently facing the supplement industry—DNA barcode testing and the illegal adulteration of dietary supplements with drugs—in back-to-back workshops.
UNPA will host “The UNPA Dietary Supplement Analytical Summit: The Evolution and Implications of Analytical Testing in the Post-New York Attorney General World,” Nov. 5-6, 2015, in Salt Lake City, UT.
The goal of the summit is to provide a deep understanding of current science, legal and regulatory developments raised by DNA barcoding and to help companies adapt and succeed in a changing marketplace.
Nandakumara Sarma, RPh, PhD, director, Dietary Supplements, for the United States Pharmacopoeia, will present at the UNPA summit in a session titled “USP’s Compendial Standards for Botanical Supplements and the Role of DNA Barcoding Amongst Other Methods.”
On Dec. 3 - 4, USP will host a workshop on “Adulteration and Fraud in Food Ingredients and Dietary Supplements.” Over the course of the 2-day workshop, USP will present several innovative tools and resources specifically designed to help retailers, manufacturers and regulators identify and mitigate the risks associated with economically motivated adulteration and food fraud, including new screening methodologies for detecting PDE5 inhibitors in dietary supplements and a discussion of a new USP Dietary Supplements Adulteration database currently in development. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the American Botanical Council and the Food Protection and Defense Institute.
More information about the UNPA summit and registration information is available here: www.unpa.com/events.
Information and registration information for the USP Workshop on Adulteration Dietary Supplements is available here: http://bit.ly/1jULcAG