From 2013 to 2018, AOAC, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, embarked on a large-scale stakeholder program to develop much needed consensus-driven performance standards and analytical methods for ingredients used in dietary supplements. As a result of this five-year effort, 34 SMPRs were adopted and 16 methods were approved for First Action Status as Official Methods of AnalysisSM for 25 high priority ingredients.
In the years since the program’s completion, product offerings, availability, and usage have expanded exponentially and brought greater attention to recognized analytical gaps needed to support dietary supplement quality and safety for producers and consumers. Performance standards and current Official Methods of AnalysisSM may not be suitable i.e., fit-for-purpose, to quantify analytes in products such as chewable gels, soft gels, and tablets.
To assist the dietary supplement industry, testing laboratories, and retail establishments, this new working group is working to establish new SMPRs and fit-for-purpose Official Methods of AnalysisSM that meet stakeholder needs and provide greater confidence to consumers.
The Folic Acid Working Group is actively developing standards related to folic acid in a variety of dose forms. The working group is the first in a planned effort to launch AOAC’s new Botanical and Dietary Supplement Product Integrity Program (BDSIP). Click the “Get Involved” button below to express interest in joining the working group or to stay up to date on the group and future program activities.