Trade Organizations Support Actions Banning "Andro"
DC, 30 March 2004
Source: Council for Responsible Nutrition; National Nutritional
Note: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the
National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) each affirmed support
of sports organizations and the FDA in banning andro. CRN and
NNFA also both reaffirmed their support of the Biden-Hatch Anabolic
Steroid Control Act of 2003 (S.1780), which several other trade
organizations also support (see Industry
Associations Support Biden/Hatch Legislation Placing 'Andro' Under
Controlled Substances Act).
From the National Nutritional Foods Association
Washington DC, 10 March 2004
following is a statement from the executive director and CEO of
the National Nutritional Foods Association, David R. Seckman, regarding
the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation hearing
today on "Steroid Use in Professional and Amateur Sports":
support the committee's intent to protect athletes from using
illegal steroids. We also support the right of sports organizations
to prohibit the use of any performance enhancing substance they
deem unsafe or inappropriate.
addition, NNFA and several other industry trade associations have
publicly announced support for Senate Bill 1780, the "Anabolic
Steroid Control Act of 2003," introduced by Senators Joseph Biden
(D-Delaware) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). This legislation would
place certain steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione
["andro"] under the Controlled Substances Act and effectively
prohibit their marketing as dietary supplements by regulating
them as Schedule III controlled substances. We are joined by many
other organizations, including the US Antidoping Agency (USADA)
and the National Football League, in backing this legislation.
I would like to make clear that dietary supplements are not steroids.
While some companies may have chosen to break the law by masquerading
steroids as a dietary supplement, their actions do not change
that indisputable fact.
National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA).
Supports FDA Action on Androstenedione Under DSHEAReaffirms
Support of Biden/Hatch Legislation
Washington DC, 11 March 2004
Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement
industry's leading trade associations, issued the following statement
in response to a joint press conference held today by the Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and Senators Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) and Orrin Hatch (R-
Utah) on steroid hormone precursors. Statement by Annette Dickinson,
Council for Responsible Nutrition is supportive of FDA's action
today on steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione as it
demonstrates the kind of strong enforcement authority available
to the agency under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education
Act (DSHEA). Under the law which regulates the dietary supplement
industry, companies introducing "new dietary ingredients" that were
not "grandfathered" as of October 15, 1994, are required to provide
a 75-day notice to FDA and submit evidence that the ingredient is
reasonably expected to be safe. If companies have not complied with
the law and are therefore not legitimately marketing these products
as dietary supplements, FDA's strong regulatory actions are justified.
and other industry trade associations strongly support DSHEA as
an appropriate framework for regulating the dietary supplement industry
and urge FDA's full implementation of the law. Strong and consistent
enforcement by FDA shows that dietary supplements are regulated
and helps instill consumer confidence in the industry and its products.
today also reaffirms our support of the 'Anabolic Steroid Control
Act of 2003,' (S. 1780), legislation introduced by Sens. Biden and
Hatch that would effectively prohibit the marketing of steroid hormone
precursors such as androstenedione by classifying them as Schedule
III controlled substances.
Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).