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

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

editor in chief, Informa

Sandy Almendarez entered the natural products industry in 2009 when she joined Virgo Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions) as an assistant editor. Since then, she's worked her way up to editor in chief where she writes, edits and manages content for INSIDER. Under Sandy’s direction, INSIDER has won editorial awards from Folio: every year since 2014, including B2B Editorial Team of the Year in 2015.

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