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American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) -

Mission statement: The American Herbal Products Association exisits to serve its members by promoting the responsible commerce of products which contain herbs and which are used to enhance health and quality of life.

Business Guide For Dietary Supplement Industry Released by FTC Staff - Guide Will Assist Industry In Ensuring Truthful Ads (document) -

Citizens For Health -

Citizens For Health is the national grassroots organization committed to protecting and advancing consumer access, choice, information and safety for natural health products and therapies.

Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels (document) -

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) -

The Council for Responsible Nutrition is dedicated to helping to reduce health care costs and enhancing the public's health through good nutrition, including the appropriate use of dietary supplements. To fulfill this mission, CRN supports a science-based environment for the responsible marketing of dietary supplement products and provides its member companies with legislative guidance, regulatory interpretation, scientific information on supplement benefits and safety issues, and communications expertise.

Dietary Supplement Quality Initiative (DSQI) -

This (SQ) website is the most publicly visible part of the Dietary Supplement Quality Initiative (DSQI). In addition to our consumer-oriented activities, we are committed to developing comprehensive quality practices and standards for dietary supplements. We believe increased levels of research in combination with widely accepted standards will benefit those who use, prescribe and make dietary supplements. In promoting a science-based understanding of the health benefits associated with supplementation, we believe the quality, safety and availability of dietary supplements can only increase.

FDA Guide to Dietary Supplements (article) -

Food & Drug Administration - Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, Dietary Supplements -

Overview of dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.

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National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements -

The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. The ODS also provides advice to other Federal agencies regarding research results related to dietary supplements.

NNFA - National Nutritional Foods Association -

The National Nutritional Foods Association, founded in 1936, represents the interests of some 3,000 retailers and 1,000 manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of health foods, dietary supplements, natural ingredient cosmetics and other natural products. The NNFA is the heart of a growing, vital industry committed to health, well-being, and a sustainable environment. NNFA promotes and protects the unique values and shared interests of retailers, and suppliers in the natural nutritional foods and products industry.

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