Are dietary supplements regulated under the FDA?
Dietary Supplements are regulated under the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) through 21 CFR Part 111 of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Code and specifically DSHEA (the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994). All aspects of what ingredients can be used, the manufacturing practices and facilities (including the qualifications of the individuals working in them) and what can be claimed on product labels. Additionally, each state has both an attorney general and a state department of health that has jurisdiction on supplements. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) can exercise enforcement powers over Supplements and the department of commerce and department of trade can exercise enforcement on interstate and international commerce. Finally, the courts through class action have been a significant regulator of supplements.