AHPA encourages members to submit labels to public databases

By Stephen Daniells

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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is encouraging its members to submit product labels to the Supplement Online Wellness Library (Supplement OWL) and/or the Dietary Supplement Label Database.

The databases

The Supplement OWL​ (the Online Wellness Library) – the industry-wide, self-regulatory product label registry being spearheaded by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) – went live in April 2017.

The registry is intended to boost transparency in the industry by providing a more complete picture of the marketplace. It serves as a resource for regulators, retailers, and industry, and can be accessed by anyone using the internet.

The OWL, being spearheaded by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, has previously been endorsed by the United Natural Products Alliance​, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association,​ the Natural Products Association​, the American Botanical Council,​ and NSF International​.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and National Library of Medicine (NLM). It was launched in June 2013, and currently contains about 50,000 dietary supplement products available in the US marketplace.

AHPA policy

“The AHPA Board of Trustees has adopted a policy to encourage members that market dietary supplements under their own brands to submit product labels to the Council for Responsible Nutrition's (CRN's) Supplement Online Wellness Library (Supplement OWL) and/or the Dietary Supplement Label Database maintained by the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH),”​ stated AHPA.  

"Moving forward, AHPA will continue to offer constructive feedback on these publicly available dietary supplement product label databases."

For more information about the Supplement OWL, please click HERE​.

For more information about the DSLD, please click HERE​.

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