DSHEA turned supplement manufacturing from the ‘wild west’ to sophistication – podcast

The law that regulates the U.S. supplement market set a much-needed standard 25 years ago, says Best Formulations' Robin Koon.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

June 19, 2019

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994’s (DSHEA) requirement for supplement manufacturers to establish GMPs (good manufacturing practices) took the supplement industry from a loosely regulatory industry to one with complex rules for product safety and quality, according to Robin Koon, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Best Formulations. Yet, Koon, a man who works with the law every day, added, the law could have been improved by better defining vague terms and requiring independent testing. In this podcast with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Koon discusses DSHEA in honor of its 25th anniversary. They cover:

  • How DSHEA changed the way supplement contract manufacturers worked with finished product brands to ensure safe products get to the marketplace

  • The value of third-party GMP certifications to help brands know which contract manufacturers are following DSHEA’s requirements.

  • Why certificates of analysis (CoAs) from ingredient suppliers don’t replace testing, per DSHEA, to demonstrate a products’ identity.

Got feedback? Email Sandy at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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