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Briefing Date:03/31/2004
Topic:Dietary Supplements: A Framework for Evaluating Safety

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine/National Research Council
Food and Nutrition Board
and
Board on Life Sciences
Committee on the Framework for Evaluating the Safety of Dietary Supplements

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
645 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 2:00 p.m.
332 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 3:00 p.m.
and
2153 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 4:00 p.m.

on

Dietary Supplements: A Framework for Evaluating Safety

To bolster the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to evaluate the safety of dietary supplements, this new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, outlines a science-based process for assessing supplement ingredients, even when data about the safety of a substance in humans are scarce. This approach to safety evaluation works within the regulatory parameters set by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which does not require manufacturers to provide safety data on their products. However the report finds that supplement makers, the public, and others need to increase their reporting of health problems related to supplement use in order to further improve FDA protection of consumers.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on April 1, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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