Qualified health claims (QHCs) are supported by scientific evidence, but do not meet the more rigorous “significant scientific agreement” standard required for an authorized health claim.
Consumer survey on dietary supplements revealed that 77 percent of Americans use them.
Dietary supplements imported into the United States must be safe and contain no prohibited ingredients, and alllabeling and packaging must be informative and truthful.
All health claims must undergo review by the FDA through a petition process.
Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases. That means supplements should not make claims, such as “reduces pain” or “treats heart disease.”
Companies can export or import Dietary Supplements and Dietary Ingredients to or from the United States as long as the facilities that produce, store, or otherwise handle the products are registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and prior notice of incoming shipments is provided to the FDA.
All domestic and foreign companies that manufacture, package, label or hold dietary supplement, including those involved with testing, quality control, and dietary supplement distribution in the U.S., must comply with the Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) for quality control.