WASHINGTON--The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) and NSF International announced today a strategic alliance to provide a comprehensive dietary supplement certification program. NSF will use NNFA's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) materials as part of its certification program and will recognize NNFA GMP audits as meeting its requirements.
The NSF program requires formulation reviews, plant audits and laboratory testing to verify conformance to NSF Draft American National Standard 173-Dietary Supplements. The standard provides methodology and evaluation criteria for verifying and testing ingredients, and assuring GMP conformance. "Combining our 57-year testing and certification experience with NNFA's GMP expertise will enable us to offer dietary supplements manufacturers and ingredient suppliers the most comprehensive certification program available," said Ray Jaglowski, NSF's vice president of new business.
NNFA (www.nnfa.org) and NSF (www.nsf.org) made the announcement during a media presentation in Washington on Nov. 15. During the event, NNFA also released results of a recent study that found 65 percent of Americans aged 50 or older consider dietary supplements "essential" for people their age. The study questioned 736 adults on their behaviors, perceptions and attitudes about dietary supplements.
While 70 percent of older Americans take vitamins, minerals or herbs, only 40 percent have received dietary supplement recommendations from their doctors. "The report that older Americans expect to discuss the use of dietary supplements with health care practitioners is a wake-up call for both the medical community," said David Seckman, NNFA's executive director and chief executive officer. "Physicians should make inquiries about what supplements older Americans take to prevent drug interactions and ensure they're meeting nutritional needs."