Quality, Accessibility and Affordability in the dietary supplement
SupplementQuality.com (SQ) website is the most publicly visible
part of the Dietary Supplement Quality Initiative (DSQI). In addition
to our consumer-oriented activities, we are committed to developing
comprehensive quality practices and standards for dietary supplements.
We believe increased levels of research in combination with widely
accepted standards will benefit those who use, prescribe and make
dietary supplements. In promoting a science-based understanding
of the health benefits associated with supplementation, we believe
the quality, safety and availability of dietary supplements can
a practical matter, we advocate self-regulation for supplement producers
who want to advance the cause of quality on a broad front. While
the process for approving pharmaceutical drugs offers one approach
to regulation, we think the self-regulatory model used in setting
standards and certification for computers and electronics may be
more suitable for dietary supplements. As of this writing we cannot
foresee the specifics of such an initiative; however, we believe
that collegial, democratic organizations representing the broad
spectrum of supplement interests are especially well qualified to
debate and codify the rules and regulations that will determine
broad-based quality standards.
practitioners, academics, distributors, producers and suppliers
all have a role to play in this important work. In creating broad-based,
independent organizations to define, implement and oversee quality
standards, all those with a stake in supplementation will be served.
In particular we advocate the formation of a national institute
with authority to define standards, disseminate protocols, and certify
testing procedures. Work that contributes to this goal has already
been undertaken by supplementation interests, including practitioners,
producers and trade associations. The DSQI works to advance, focus
and consolidate successes already achieved while defining and attaining
make these observations with the understanding that an open, competitive
market is the best long-term insurance against rising prices and
limited supply for everyone in the dietary supplement value chain.
Open, minimally regulated markets encourage the innovation that
leads to the rapid development of new and better products. Currently,
the supplementation marketplace is in transition, with more and
more participants responding to ever-growing consumer demand. While
we maintain a healthy sense of skepticism for claims that do not
rest on science, we view new directions in health care as generally
also note the rich history and practice of natural healing and folk
medicine in American life, calling particular attention to the many
sources of healing found in nature. Naturally occurring substances
combined with age-old practices define tribal and ethnic approaches
to health and wellness we all must take care to preserve and sustain.
To deny or, worse, to lose this precious heritage is unthinkable.
For those who seek to shape a better future, a healthy respect for
historical practices and the environment combined with broadly inclusive
self-governance bodes well for the level of quality in supplementation
we all deserve.
those with a professional interest in dietary supplement quality,
we urge you to comment on Toward
A Quality Model for Dietary Supplements, 1999, DSQI.
This brief, 6-point summary of key quality issues is both a call
to action and a working plan designed to enhance the use of dietary
supplements. Click on contact us to give us your comments today!
Dietary Supplement Quality Initiative (DSQI) has grown from the
work of Cristina Crawford, an internationally recognized software
developer with long-standing interests in free markets, life extension
and supplementation. In the early 1990s, Ms. Crawford played a role
in the successful passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education
Act (DSHEA), supporting public affairs programs throughout New England.
1998 Ms. Crawford launched the Dietary Supplement Quality Initiative
to promote access to affordable, high-quality dietary supplements.
The web site you are viewing is a first step in an attempt to understand
and share information about supplementation with the public at large.
invite active, critical participation from everyone with an interest
in supplementation. Your willingness to help us refine this web
site and develop a body of useful, factual information will in large
part determine our success.
DSQI welcomes sponsors who share our vision and would like to help
advance knowledge of and access to supplements. Currently we exist
exclusively through the generous support of our patron, Cristina
Crawford. Your willingness to lend a hand as a financial contributor,
industry or professional sponsor, or information provider will strengthen
and enhance our efforts. Please give generously.
easy to share your opinions and support . . . just go
to our contact page.