FDA proposes DSHEA modernization in budget proposal to Biden administration

Josh Long, Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider

March 9, 2023

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FDA proposes DSHEA modernization in budget proposal to Biden administration

FDA’s $7.2 billion requested FY24 budget to the Biden administration includes several legislative proposals, including a request to modernize the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). 

The agency proposed requiring that all dietary supplement products be listed with FDA. That listing information would include product labels and “other basic information."

FDA also proposed clarifying its “authorities over products marketed as dietary supplements.” 

“These amendments would help FDA to know when new products are introduced and quickly identify dangerous or illegal products on the market to take appropriate action to protect consumers when necessary,” the agency added in a summary of its FY24 legislative proposals, unveiled Thursday. 

FDA also proposed DSHEA modernization, including a listing requirement, during the previous administration of former President Donald Trump. 

The legislative proposal to the Biden administration noted the U.S. dietary supplement market has grown from roughly 4,000 products to more than 95,000 products since enactment of DSHEA nearly 30 years ago. 

“FDA is seeking to modernize DSHEA to provide for a transparent marketplace, help facilitate a risk-based regulation of dietary supplements and clarify FDA’s authorities relating to products marketed as ‘dietary supplements,’” the agency said. 

Related:FDA commissioner favors listing requirement for dietary supplements

In a recent blog, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D., explained his support for a dietary supplement product listing requirement. 

“This enormous industry continues to grow, and it’s now part of everyday life for many families,” the commissioner wrote. “Dietary supplements should be required to list with the FDA and companies should be accountable for revealing what is in the supplement being sold.” 

“In the long run, we will have more information about the benefits and risks of dietary supplements as our methods of evidence generation improve, and I hope for a regulatory regime that can encourage better information for consumers to be informed about their choices,” Califf added. “Although it will take some time to achieve the optimal regulatory framework, given the size and impact of the industry, we need to constantly update our internal approach and build awareness.” 




About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

Connect with Josh on LinkedIn and ping him with story ideas at [email protected]

Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year "Jake the Snake" Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Since the late 1990s, his articles have been published in a variety of media, including but not limited to, the Cape Cod Times (in Massachusetts), Sedona Red Rock News (in Arizona), Denver Post (in Colorado), Casper Star-Tribune (in Wyoming), now-defunct Jackson Hole Guide (in Wyoming), Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

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