Explore and Promote: The Office of Dietary SupplementsExplore and Promote: The Office of Dietary Supplements
Mandated by DSHEA, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) has been carrying out its mission to support and disseminate research and educate the public for almost 20 years.
May 9, 2014
Mandated by DSHEA, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) has been carrying out its mission to support and disseminate research and educate the public for almost 20 years. Among its accomplishments are six NIH Botanical Research Centers; a long list of grant-funded research specifically on dietary supplement benefits and risks; a robust program for accumulating standard reference materials and developing and validating testing methods; and specialty initiatives for individual nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.
The ODS has brought knowledge and legitimacy to natural products, building awareness to consumers, heath care practitioners and researchers; however, some supplement manufactures are frustrated with the direction of the ODS, especially its inclination to study natural ingredients using pharmaceutical standards.
Takeaways for Your Business
DSHEA authorized the creation of the Office of Dietary Supplements to boost research and knowledge.
ODS supports supplement research through Botanical Research Centers and individual grants.
ODS has partnered to develop standard reference materials and validated test methods for researchers and industry.
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