Back in April, The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced their plans for a industry-wide (but voluntary) dietary supplement registry. Earlier this month, CRN officially named the third-party organization that will be responsible for developing and administering the extensive dietary supplement registry.
On July 5th, 2016 CRN announced that it will be partnering with UL – one of the world’s foremost independent organizations specializing in safety and science.
UL, CRN & The (Proposed) Dietary Supplement Product Registry
According to a press release from CRN, the finalized agreement between UL and CRN calls for the immediate development of the registry. Currently, both organizations hope to begin beta testing the platform this summer, with the ultimate goal being to have the completed platform/registry up and running by the end of 2016.
To answer this question, let’s look to a quote from CRN President & CEO Steve Mister:
We spoke with a number of very capable companies for this important project, but UL best fit the bill because of its broad knowledge of the supplement industry, its technical prowess and its brand recognition for consumer safety.
Mister also made a point of acknowledging UL’s Prospector® database. The database is a free service meant to provide manufacturers and retailers with safety information and other data concerning the materials and ingredients used in a variety of consumer goods – including materials used in dietary supplements. Along with other factors, the Prospector® database helped secure the opportunity for UL. Mister went on to state:
We were also impressed with UL’s flexibility in accommodating the range of data fields we want to include that address the important quality discussions taking place within the industry. We are confident that the dietary supplement product registry will provide a viable, adaptable product registry that will serve regulators, retailers, manufacturers, and ultimately consumers, over time.
On the UL side of things, the General Manager of Global Nutraceuticals Division, Mike O’Hare expressed both gratitude and excitement on the behalf of the organization.
The Plan Moving Forward
UL and CRN have chosen a hand full of companies, which range in size from small companies with only a few labels to companies with hundreds of supplement labels, to serve in the beta group. Over the next few months, these companies will submit labels to the database and provide feedback on the process – granting UL additional insight for improving the platform.
Assuming that UL and CRN will have the platform up and running by the end of 2016, all CRN members will be required to submit their product labels to the database by July 2017. Non-member dietary and nutritional supplement companies will be encouraged to do the same.
You may also be interested in our original coverage of CRN’s Supplement Product Registry…