A lot of people have the notion that the supplement industry runs wild and free from any regulations and standards. You may look at some media coverage and assume that supplement companies don’t pay heed to any manner of standards and regulations….and hence, no safety.
But, that’s not at all true.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all dietary supplements. All the dietary supplement manufacturing, safety of ingredients and marketing practices are regulated by the FDA.
- The supplement industry has set up several independent organizations, which supervise and ensure the quality of products. A lot of these quality programs for nutrition supplements surpass even the FDA standards.
Zhou Nutrition is a participant of various such programs, and strictly follows the standards that go beyond what’s required in many cases. Our manufacturing facility employs a system of procedures, processes and documentation to ensure that each product gets the strength, identity, composition, purity and quality that is shown on the label.
You may wonder why dietary supplements do not undergo the same testing as those done on pharmaceutical products. This is because pharmaceutical drugs are developed in laboratories and have never been introduced to the human body before. The FDA has strict procedures that pharmaceutical drugs must go through before being introduced to the public.
On the other hand, dietary supplements are considered along with food, since they are manufactured with natural ingredients that have been used by human beings through centuries.
Despite that fact, the supplement industry still needs proper regulations to ensure that the products manufactured are following proper safety and quality standards. Here’s how the present line of regulations protects you and checks quality.
How Are Dietary Supplements Regulated by the FDA?
There are several ways by which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates production, marketing and sale of dietary supplements:
- Any marketing claims set forth by supplement manufacturers are monitored by the FDA. They ensure the manufacturers do not claim that their products cure or reduce diseases or their symptoms.
- Any introduction of new supplement ingredients to the market is reviewed and approved by the FDA. This is done by anointing the products as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status, or as New Dietary Ingredients (NDI).
- In case an ingredient is found to be harmful, the FDA gives instructions regarding warning requirements on the supplement label. If found necessary, it can also orders the removal of the ingredient from the market.
- All manufacturing facilities undergo an FDA inspection to confirm its adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
- These Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) of the FDA covers everything from verification of raw material to proper product testing and labeling.
In case you have any further queries about our ingredients or processes, please feel free to contact us.