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Associated Organizations and Related Resources
Federal Government Agencies
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Office of Dietary Supplements at NIH
The Office of Dietary Supplements has compiled a list of resources for investigators, authors, and editors working in the area of natural products research.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at NIH
These documents describe NCCAM's product integrity policy and program.
Biologically Active Agents Used in CAM and Placebo Materials—Policy and Guidance
This Web site allows sign up for email notifications including immediate NCCAM news, monthly updates, and newsletters three times a year.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Center for Drug Evaluation Research (CDER), Botanical Review Team (BRT)
The BRT provides scientific expertise on botanical issues to the CDER's reviewing staff and ensures consistent interpretation of the "Guidance for Industry: Botanical Drug Products."
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Dietary Supplements
CFSAN’s Office of Dietary Supplements is responsible for regulating dietary supplements. The Web site provides guidance on the labeling of dietary supplements, Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), New Ingredient Notifications (NDIs), and reporting of adverse events (AERs).
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
NIST includes programs and information on dietary supplements
NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. This Web page contains links to dietary supplement programs and information at NIST.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Composition and Methods Development Lab (FCMDL)
USDA’s FCMDL develops innovative measurement systems for the determination of food components that influence human health.
Key Non-government Institutions — Standards-Setting Bodies for Dietary Supplements
AOAC International is a voluntary consensus standards body. AOAC International coordinates scientific studies, receives and evaluates the results, gives official sanction to acceptable methods, and publishes and distributes the methods and performance data.
NSF International develops national standards, provides learning opportunities, and provides third-party conformity assessment services related to dietary supplements. This Web site provides a gateway to the NSF certification program and other information related to dietary supplements.
United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
USP offers monographs and reference standards for use in the development and testing of dietary supplements. This Web site provides information about USP’s dietary supplement monographs and USP Reference Standards, which are closely tied with the documentary standards published in the USP–National Formulary (NF) and Dietary Supplements Compendium.
American Herbal Products Association (APHA)
AHPA developed and maintains the free, publicly-available AHPA Botanical Identity References Compendium which provides information on physical characteristics and test methods that can be used to determine plant species identity and articles of trade obtained from the plants. It currently provides information for nearly 200 commonly used botanical species.