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CRN Responds to GAO Report on Dietary Supplements
Date:3/2/2009

to be more transparent and issue this NDI guidance. The industry could potentially support registration of products assuming the details are not inappropriately burdensome and would not prevent beneficial products from being brought to market. But regulations are only as strong as enforcement, and it is time for FDA to focus its energy and resources on inspections and enforcement actions directed at the small minority of companies that are giving those in the majority a black eye.

We disagree with the logic behind the recommendation of submitting all adverse event reports, versus the important need to submit serious adverse event reports. The Agency is already overburdened and understaffed, and we are opposed to creating more bureaucratic paperwork that would not result in true benefits for consumer safety. The adverse event reporting law was carefully considered and supported by numerous stakeholders, including consumer groups, and there is no need to revise a law that only recently went into effect and appears to be working.

CRN was interviewed by the GAO for this report and we will continue to work with the industry, with Congress, and with FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to help ensure consumers can be confident in the safety and benefits of dietary supplements and that they are educated on the role that dietary supplements play in a healthy lifestyle."

Note to Editor: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements, CRN members also agree to adhere to voluntary guidelines for manufacturing, marketing and CRN's Code of Ethics. Visit www.crnusa.org.


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