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ODS Programs and Initiatives

Details about ODS programs including dietary supplement label and ingredient databases, analytical methods and reference materials, evidence-based reviews, and NIH Botanical Research Centers.

An Overview of ODS

A brief summary of ODS programs and activities: who we are and what we do.

Analytical Methods and Reference Materials

A program to stimulate the development of validated analytical methods and reference materials for dietary supplement ingredients.

Health Information

ODS makes accurate and up-to-date scientific information about dietary supplements available to researchers, health care providers, and the public through fact sheets, brochures, exhibits, and newsletters.

Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum

ODS's course for faculty and students, providing a thorough overview of the issues, concepts, and controversies about dietary supplements and supplement ingredients.

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD)

A database of label information from dietary supplement products sold in the United States.

Evidence-Based Reviews

Systematic reviews of the scientific literature on the efficacy and safety of selected dietary supplements.

Nutrition and Dietary Supplement Interventions for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (NDSI-IEM)

A collaborative program to explore the research evidence supporting the use of nutrition and dietary supplement interventions for inborn errors of metabolism and the infrastructure needed to carry out new research.

NIH Centers for Advancing Research on Botanical and Other Natural Products (CARBON) Program

ODS co-funded dietary supplement research centers focused on botanical safety, efficacy and biological action.

ODS Research Portfolio

The majority of the ODS budget supports research on dietary supplements in collaboration with many NIH institutes and centers.

ODS Research Scholars Program

A 1-year competitive scholarship opportunity for intramural investigators to study the role of dietary supplements in health promotion and disease prevention.

Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID)external link disclaimer

Web link to an ODS co-developed database providing estimated levels of ingredients in dietary supplement products.

Vitamin D Initiative

ODS-led efforts pertaining to vitamin D, including the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) and resources for researchers.

Iodine Initiative

ODS-led series of roundtables to address the concern that many pregnant women were not using supplements containing iodine and were at risk of inadequate intake.

Iron Initiative

ODS effort to prioritize relevant research gaps in iron screening and supplementation among pregnant women and young children.