WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has called on members that market dietary supplements to submit product labels to the Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) developed by Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and independent safety science firm UL.
CRN said the announcement follows talks between CHPA and its Dietary Supplements Committee, which reviewed the rationale for the Supplement OWL registry and the product label submission process.
“When purchasing dietary supplement products, consumers have the right to expect those products are properly labeled and manufactured in accordance with FDA requirements. CHPA applauds CRN and UL for spearheading the Supplement OWL, which will prove to be a valuable resource for regulators, retailers and, ultimately, consumers,” CHPA president and chief executive officer Scott Melville stated.
“This self-initiated effort demonstrates a commitment by leading manufacturers to enhance transparency around lawful dietary supplement products,” Melville added.
The OWL dietary supplement product label registry is slated to launch in April, CRN said. The free online registry will include full label information for dietary supplements.
“We’re heartened by CHPA’s recognition that the Supplement OWL serves as one means of enhancing transparency for the dietary supplement industry,” commented CRN president and CEO Steve Mister. “We know that CHPA members share our understanding of the importance of transparency and want to be responsible when it comes to labeling.”
The American Botanical Council (ABC) also has endorsed the Supplement OWL, according to CRN. “We believe that this new program, in principle, helps fill a vital need in the dietary supplement industry,” ABC stated.