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Healthy Insider podcast: Mandated supplement registry likely inevitableHealthy Insider podcast: Mandated supplement registry likely inevitable

DSHEA co-author Scott Bass, attorney at Sidley Austin, says a legally required product registry for the supplement industry is good for business, government and consumers.

Sandy Almendarez

December 7, 2018

Voluntary supplement product registries, such as the Supplement OWL, are great for the industry, but they aren’t enough to allow FDA to reduce the amount of illegal ingredients on the market. The solution, according to attorney Scott Bass, partner, Sidley Austin, is a legally mandated product registry.

Some argue this step involves too much government intervention, but industry veteran Bass contested that the industry may not have a choice. He sees the legal requirement as inevitable, and it’s best if the industry work with FDA from the start to ensure the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) isn’t violated.

In this podcast, Bass discusses how industry can best shape a mandatory product registry with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. He addresses:

  • The reason he thinks that Congress will soon mandate a supplement registry

  • Why a legal registry a good think for the industry, the government and consumers

  • How the industry can work with allies, including FDA, to ensure the registry isn’t accompanied by threats to DSHEA


This podcast was recorded at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) annual conference in Dana Point, California, in October 2018.

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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