The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA) have voiced their supported the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to reorganize its inspection staff and applauded Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for his efforts to modernize the agency.
“CRN commends FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the agency for announcing the implementation of its Program Alignment, a major initiative that will help strengthen FDA’s ability to protect public health. CRN has long urged FDA to move to commodity-based inspections so that the agency could become more efficient and effective in overseeing dietary supplement manufacturing operations, and we are hopeful that the Program Alignment will achieve this,” stated Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN.
“Since FDA issued the good manufacturing practices (GMPs) regulations for dietary supplements nearly 10 years ago, both industry and FDA’s inspectors, who have been previously enforcing as product generalists, have been challenged to understand and implement the minutiae of these requirements that are critical to ensuring product safety,” Mister continued. “We are strongly supportive of the Program Alignment as it will allow FDA inspectors to develop expertise in the manufacturing of a particular class of products, such as dietary supplements, and foster increased collaboration between FDA inspectors and the industry in addressing the challenges of dietary supplement GMPs
“Overall, FDA’s Program Alignment is a positive step in the agency’s efforts to fully enforce the law, which will ultimately benefit the consumer who deserves the highest quality dietary supplement products,” he said.
“The most effective way to oversee the supplement industry is to enforce the current law and aggressively pursue criminals that break it,” added Dan Fabricant, PhD, president and CEO of NPA. “We applaud Dr. Gottlieb’s commitment to modernizing the FDA and making it more responsive to the consumers and manufacturers of dietary supplements and natural products.”