Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates natural products ranging from food to dietary supplements to cosmetics in regards to consumer safety and health. Here are NPA's current efforts to protect and support the industry's right to do business in regards to the FDA:

Recent Updates from NPA Regarding FDA

NPA Welcomes Elevation of Division of Dietary Supplement Programs to ‘Office’ within FDA (December 21, 2015)
NPA Comments on Draft Guidance for FDA Third-Party Auditor/Certification Body Accreditation for Food Safety Audits (November 18, 2015)
NPA Submits Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Dr. Robert Califf's FDA Nomination (November 13, 2015)
NPA Emails Response to FDA's Inaction on Picamilon (October 23, 2015)
NPA Submits Comments on the FDA's Goal to Increase Public Knowledge and Awareness of Sugars and Promote Human Health and Nutrition (October 22, 2015)
NPA Responds to FDA Action on Powered Caffeine (September 2, 2015)
Industry Trades Request FDA to Create Separate Office of Dietary Supplements
 (September 1, 2015)
NPA Submits Comments on Regulation of Homeopathic Products (August 21, 2015)
NPA Plans to Submit Comments on Regulation of Homeopathic Products (August 12, 2015)
Long Awaited FSMA Rules Submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget Today for Review
 (June 10, 2015)
Hatch/Heinrich Letter to AG Lynch on Enforcement of Dietary Supplements
 (May 19, 2015)
NPA Comments on Redbook Expansion (May 11, 2015)
NPA Comments on Agency Information Collection Activities regarding Premarket Notification for NDIs
(Mar. 27, 2015)
Comments from the Natural Products Association to the Division of Dockets Management regarding Substantiation of Claims (Mar. 13, 2015)
NPA Recap: FDA Stakeholder Call (Feb. 3, 2015)
NPA Submits Comments to FDA Regarding Petition to Request Exemption from 100 Percent Identity Testing (Dec. 29, 2014)
NPA Pens Letter to FDA Regarding Recent MedWatch Alert (Dec. 23, 2014)
NPA Recap: FDA Redbook Public Meeting (Dec. 10, 2014)
NPA will Comment on FDA's Proposed Changes to MedWatch Forms (Dec. 10, 2014)
NPA Provides Oral Comments on Proposed Redbook Expansion (Dec. 9, 2014)
House Announces Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on GMOs (Dec. 4, 2014)
FDA Solicits Comments on Petition to Request Exemption for 100 percent identity testing of dietary ingredients (Nov. 26, 2014)
FDA, HHS and USDA Release Documents for Public Inspection (Nov. 25, 2014)
NPA Recap: FSMA Meeting (Nov. 14, 2014)
NPA will Respond to FDA NDI Collection Proposal (Nov. 13, 2014)
NPA to Attend Public Meeting, Submit Comments on Proposed Redbook Expansion (Oct. 31, 2014)
NPA Responds to FDA Consumer Update Regarding Dietary Supplements (Oct. 31, 2014)
NPA CEO Comments on JAMA Study Related to FDA Recalls and Adulterated Products (Oct. 22, 2014)
Comments from the Natural Products Association to the Division of Dockets Management regarding Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels (Aug. 1, 2014)
Comments from the Natural Products Association to the Division of Dockets Management regarding Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed at One-Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments (Aug. 1, 2014)
NPA Comments on Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels (Aug 1, 2014)
NPA Comments on Food Labeling Serving Size  (Aug 1, 2014)

Media Clips: NPA on FDA-related Topics

FDA warning over infant's death shouldn't call safety of probiotics into question, experts say (Jan. 8, 2014)
NPA Supports Open Petition Process for ID Testing Exemption (Dec. 31, 2014)
NPA backs case-by-case exemptions for identity testing (Dec. 30, 2014)
FDA Hands Tied in Powdered Caffeine Abuse Cases (Dec. 29, 2014)
NPA Letter to FDA Seeks to Correct Probiotic Warnings (Dec. 24, 2014)
Overall FDA's 483 observations are down, but basic GMP failures still rampant, consultant finds (Dec. 11, 2014)
FDA Faces Mounting Pressure to Ban Powdered Caffeine (Dec. 9, 2014)
20 Years of DSHEA: Focusing on the Future (Nov. 13, 2014)
NPA to FDA: Consumer Advisory on Supplements, Drugs Is ‘Misleading’ (Oct. 31, 2014)
FDA Wants More NDI Notifications (Oct. 24, 2014)
NPA and AHPA Support FDA Efforts on Adulterated Dietary Supplements (Oct. 23, 2014))
Read, don't react (Oct. 22, 2014)
Tainted supplements sold after recalls, study says (Oct. 21, 2014)
5 things Dan Fabricant wants you to know now (Oct. 20, 2014)
Fabricant Covers Industry Issues (Oct. 14, 2014)
NPA’s Fabricant on liver injury data: ‘FDA has not been shy about acting on issues on hepatotoxicity’ (Sept. 5, 2014)
NPA to host webinar on NDI Guidance re-draft (Sept. 3, 2014)
GE Foods and GMOs: Creations of Franken-Science or Nature’s Course? (Aug. 28, 2014)
CRN, NPA submit comments on FDA's proposed changes to food, supplement labels (Aug. 5, 2014)
Fabricant Discusses FDA’s Priorities in NYC (July 2014)
FDA’s Role in Regulating Supplements (June 26, 2014)
Dan Fabricant's FDA Insights (May 8, 2014)

Conversely, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is another regulatory body for our industry. See NPA's efforts regarding the FTC.