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Major Recommendations from the
Dietary Supplement Commission

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, defined "dietary supplements" as a separate regulatory category and liberalized what information could be distributed by their sellers. It also created an NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and directed the President to appoint a Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels to recommend ways to implement the act. The Commission's final recommendations were released on November 24, 1997. Here are the highlights.


Health Claims

Statements of Nutritional Support

Substantiation of Nutritional Support Statements

Publications Connected to Sales

Botanical Products

Assessment of Consumer Education

Expert Evaluation

Research Issues

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This article was posted on September 20, 1999.