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CRN and ETA publish best practices guide for ‘high-potential’ enzyme-containing dietary supplements

By Stephen Daniells , 19-Dec-2013

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Enzyme Technical Association (ETA) have released voluntary guidelines for enzyme-containing dietary supplements to help the ‘high-potential category lives up to its potential’.

The “Enzyme Dietary Supplement Products Best Practices Guide” promotes the safe production and use of enzyme-containing dietary supplements and to facilitate transparency and uniformity in the dietary supplement and enzyme industries, said the associations. It is available from the websites of both the CRN and ETA .

The use of enzymes in dietary supplements is not new, but the enzyme category is experiencing an increase in growth and interest. Enzymes play a role in thousands of metabolic processes and specific enzymes can be used to support bodily functions such as digestion. Enzymes present unique manufacturing issues because of their fragile composition and therefore must be handled properly in order to remain effective.

“These new voluntary guidelines provide ingredient suppliers and manufacturers in this growing category clear science-based best practices for delivering safe, high-quality enzyme supplement products to customers and consumers,” said Duffy MacKay, ND, VP of scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN.

“These guidelines demonstrate responsible industry’s dedication to step up, self-regulate, and ensure that this high-potential category lives up to its potential, providing the very highest quality products to our consumers.”

Anthony Pavel, ETA general counsel and secretary, commended the companies that participated in the process of putting together the guide. “It’s clear that they care about setting and following the highest standards,” he said.

“We anticipate widespread acceptance of these best practices. The working partnership between CRN and ETA that established these best practices will help ensure that more companies using enzymes in their products will be aware of how these active ingredients must be stored, handled and labeled.” 

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