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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.

NIH Consortium 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.

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD)

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

Population Studies Program

A program that evaluates dietary supplement use by the U.S. population and analyzes how supplements affect nutritional status.

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.

ODS Research Portfolio

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

Iodine Initiative

ODS-led efforts pertaining to iodine, including the characterization of iodine intakes, the development of biomarkers to assess iodine status, especially among women of reproductive age, and the development of databases for the iodine content of foods and dietary supplements.

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.

Iron Initiative

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

Vitamin D Initiative

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

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.

Evidence-Based Reviews

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

Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements

The group consists of individuals from federal agencies that share information and discuss issues, initiatives, and research related to dietary supplements.