Natural Products Insider

SEP-OCT 2017

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144 INSIDER September/October 2017 SupplySide West Being a working professional and a mother of two, my best efforts are sometimes challenged, so I look for ways to keep myself disciplined and accountable for healthy practices. Like so many others, I started wearing a fi tness tracker to help keep me aware of my daily activity (or lack thereof) and to achieve my health and wellness goals. In this sense, I self-regulate my personal health by way of a daily step goal and active minutes—and when you think about it, self- regulation exists all around us. We self-regulate physical and mental health, daily workloads and commutes, as well as fi nances and extracurricular activities. This year, self-regulation has found itself center stage in the dietary supplement industry. With the launch of new programs and the continued success of those already in place, self-regulation is far more than a buzzword and industry trend. Self-regulation has continued to strengthen our industry and, like the fi tness tracker I wear each day, keeps us motivated and aware of our actions. This past April, industry's latest collaborative self-regulatory initiative, the Supplement OWL™ (online wellness library) dietary supplement product registry, launched. Since then, it's gained momentum with industry stakeholders, receiving multiple letters of support, and is quickly Self-Regulation, in Life and Industry, Keeps Us on Track to Success by Rend Al-Mondhiry Learn more about self-regulatory initiatives from Rend Al-Mondhiry and other experts during the "Regulators & The Regulated" Workshop, underwritten by Venable LLP, on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. Scan Here Regulators & the Regulated at SupplySide West en route to reaching its full potential of creating a more complete picture of the marketplace for regulators, retailers and industry stakeholders looking to identify products, their ingredients and the companies who market them. The OWL has a lot of room to grow, and every responsible company with fi nished products on the market should enter their labels into the registry. The Supplement OWL allows manufacturers to share basic information on their labels with regulators, retailers and anyone else who's interested, demonstrating industry's accountability to consumers and commitment to safe, quality products. But the OWL is just the latest example of industry's commitment to self-regulation. In 2006, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) partnered with the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus to provide a series of grants that enabled NAD to expand its monitoring program of dietary supplement advertisements, ensuring ads are truthful and not misleading. The CRN/NAD program complements the work of FTC and encourages companies to "stand up for truth in advertising" by providing a forum and resolution process that gives advertisers the opportunity to comment on, withdraw and self-correct advertisements. In addition to these two vital programs, industry has taken steps to improve specifi c aspects of its products by way of voluntary guidelines and best practices. CRN has developed guidelines for caffeine, iodine and protein, as well as several others in conjunction with industry colleagues. We commend groups such as the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) for its guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Material, as well as NSF International and the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) for developing consensus-based standards for dietary supplements and other FDA-regulated products. Just as I work to hit 10,000 steps each day, despite my already established healthy habits, industry must work to improve itself, despite what's already in place and working. Rend Al-Mondhiry is associate general counsel at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN,, a trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry.

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