FDA's Office of Dietary Supplement Programs is LIVE!

FDA has announced creation of the new Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP), formally a division under the Office of Nutrition Labeling and Dietary Supplements.  This might seem like a small title change, maybe a few staff changes here and there.  But by establishing this new office, the FDA is acknowledging and elevating the importance of addressing dietary supplements.

As FoodNavigator explains, the dietary supplement industry is big business - growing from $6 billion in sales 20 years ago to now more than $35 billion in annual sales.  It's also an industry in need of additional government resources and increased oversight, and the major players - from the American Herbal Products Association to the United Natural Products Alliance - stand behind this change. 

In fact, earlier this month, these companies (five in total) "endorsed a letter to Congress yesterday supporting Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell’s recent request to the lawmakers to boost FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs (DDSP) to full-scale “Office” status within FDA."

The office will take on many, much needed, responsibilities including strengthening, oversight and regulations against illegal activity.  It will also enforce Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and take action against cases the compromise consumer safety, among other duties.