NSF Acquires INA, Forms Alliance with NNFA
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--NSF International (www.nsf.org) made two major announcements in mid-November. First, it acquired the Institute for Nutraceutical Advancement (INA) from Industrial Laboratories. The acquisition price was not revealed. NSF will continue INA's work in method development and validation through NSF's Dietary Supplements Program. According to NSF, the INA (www.inanetwork.com) Methods Validation Program (MVP) will be an integral part of NSF certification.
"INA's recognized expertise in methods development and validation will help us enhance credibility for botanical ingredient suppliers whose products are tested and certified through the NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program," said Ray Jaglowski, NSF's vice president of new business development. Mark Lange, Ph.D., director of INA's MVP, will continue his work with the program and NSF for the time being.
According to John Collar, president of Industrial Laboratories, the company concluded that the mission of INA had a better strategic fit with NSF. "Since the program was founded four years ago, it has evolved into a bigger place," Collar said. "NSF has experience with standards and certification, and we're excited to work with them as this project moves forward."
In other news affecting the Dietary Supplements Program, NSF announced a strategic alliance with the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) to use NNFA's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) materials as part of its certification program. NSF will also 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," Jaglowski said.
NNFA (www.nnfa.org) and NSF 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 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."