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Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements

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The Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements (FWGoDS) consists of representatives from federal agencies that share information and discuss issues, initiatives, and research related to dietary supplements. The FWGoDS serves as means of communication between the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and its federal partners in several ways:

  • to co-fund research investigations within the National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • to expand opportunities for research-investigator training; and
  • to strengthen collaborative efforts involving dietary supplement research, education, and communication across the government.

The FWGoDS was established in part on the basis of a Congressional law which specifies that ODS serve as an advisor to federal health agencies on issues related to dietary supplements. It also exists in response to a goal in the ODS Strategic Plan to expand and conduct outreach efforts that inform and educate about supplements.

The FWGoDS has met twice a year since 2005, generally in April and October. It also maintains periodic contact via email and other means as appropriate.

FWGoDS members represent these NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, and other federal agencies:

  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Clinical Center
Center for Scientific Review
John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/Office of Rare Diseases Research
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
National Cancer Institute
National Eye Institute
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Office of Nutrition Research 
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Library of Medicine
Office of the Director
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Office of Dietary Supplements
Office of Research on Women's Health
Administration for Community Living
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
National Center for Environmental Health
National Center for Health Statistics 
Health Resources and Services Administration
Indian Health Service
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition 
Office of Dietary Supplement Programs
Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling
Federal Trade Commission
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U.S. Agency for International Development 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs