Framework for Evaluating the Safety of Dietary Supplements

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Food and Nutrition, Public Health
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

Activity Description

This committee was charged with the task of providing a framework for evaluating dietary supplement ingredients. The proposed framework was focused on ingredients in dietary supplements marketed in the United States. The committee (1) developed a proposed framework for categorizing and prioritizing dietary supplement ingredients based on safety issues, (2) described a process for developing a system of scientific reviews with specifications for evaluating the safety of dietary supplement ingredients, and (3) developed at least six scientific reviews as prototypes for the system. The framework included a methodology to review data with regard to the safety of dietary supplement ingredients, taking into consideration methods other expert bodies have used to categorize and review supplement safety and efficacy issues.

Two reports were issued: (1) the proposed framework expected during the first year after the project start (see National Academies Press) and (2) a final framework report along with prototype monographs.

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