As reported in the past here, the 109th Congress passed S.3546 – The Dietary and Supplement Non-Prescription Drug Consumer Act – legislation that would make it mandatory for manufacturers of dietary supplements and OTC products to report serious adverse events. Since then, there has been a lot of curiosity about what the bill, signed into law, means for manufacturers and consumers. What will change – what will stay the same?
Last week, Steven Mister, J.D., President and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition was able to spare time to sit down with me and answer a few questions about the legislation and its impact.
The legislation, while requiring reporting, does not touch on consumer education. I asked CRN about that as well. We also explored whether or not the passage of such legislation represented a failure of self-regulation by the industry and what other self-regulatory measures CRN was working on. Lastly, I got his take on what the future looks like in terms of any further regulation of the industry.
Related links – National Advertising Division (NAD) – Council of Better Business Bureaus
– referred to in the podcast by Steven Mister