Washington, D.C.—The American Herbal Products Association's (APHA) Board of Trustees isn't convinced that dietary supplement makers should be required to register their products with the U.S. Food Administration (FDA) "as a stand-alone approach to improving informed consumer access to a wide variety of safe dietary supplement products."
On Nov. 3, AHPA's Board took the stance that it is in opposition to a mandatory product registration system with FDA, and industry would be better served making use of (and tweaking) the Dietary Supplement Labeling Database (DSLD).
In a press statement, AHPA's president, Michael McGuffin, stated, “Before reinventing the wheel by creating another registration system, the supplement industry and federal government should work to improve this existing resource to help inform consumers."  
The current DSLD is a voluntary system and is managed by the National Institute of Health. The group is currently seeking comments for how the system can be improved.
This news comes on the heels of a recent announcement from the Council of Responsible Nutrition in which the group stated that it wants to spearhead an industry-led product registry.
Posted in WholeFoods Magazine Online, 11/6/15