Safety and Health Claims

Dietary supplements Tips For The Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions And Evaluating Information

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Look here for supplement information in Spanish.


Herbal Supplements: Consider Safety, Too (PDF | 195 KB)

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Fact sheet with points to consider for safety if using, or thinking about using, herbs for health purposes.


Question marks Test Your Supplement Savvy

Federal Trade Commission.

Five question quiz (with answers) for consumers related to dietary supplement safety.


Dietary Supplements: Adverse Event Reporting

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Information on how to report an illness or injury associated with a dietary supplement to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and also reporting unlawful sales of dietary supplements on the internet.


Dietary Supplements: Warnings and Safety Information

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition.

Provides updated warnings and safety information reported for specific dietary supplements.


'Miracle' Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism

Federal Trade Commission; Food and Drug Administration.

Article with tips to learn how to assess health claims.


Dietary supplement pills in bottles Using Dietary Supplements Wisely

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Available in PDF|328 KB.


Your Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Includes tips for reporting, a quick-reference chart for reporting problems, and a list of the types of problems FDA doesn't handle.


Claims That Can Be Made for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplements

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Describes what health claims, nutrient content claims, and structure/function claims on labels are authorized by the FDA for foods and dietary supplements.


Health Claims that Meet Significant Scientific Agreement (SSA)

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Provides a list of currently approved FDA health claims for use with food and dietary supplements.


Qualified Health Claims

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Provides a list of currently approved FDA "qualified" health claims for use with food and dietary supplements.


Do CAM Therapies Help Menopausal Symptoms?

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Fact sheet based on findings from a 2005 National Institutes of Health (NIH) State-of-the-Science (SoS) conference on the management of menopause-related symptoms. It answers some frequently asked questions and lists resources for more information.


Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, Public Law 103-417

DHHS. NIH. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Find the wording of the Federal Regulations regarding dietary supplements, as amended to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. 103rd Congress.


MedlinePlus: Anabolic Steroids

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Provides a gateway to the latest news and cautions on the topic of anabolic steroids. Also offers links to research and related topics. Also in Spanish.


Ephedra Backgrounder

DHHS. NIH. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Find links to reports about health risks and FDA prohibition on ephedra-containing supplements. Includes review of effectiveness and safety of ephedra and ephedrine alkaloids for weight loss or enhanced athletic performance.


Garlic and Cancer Prevention: Fact Sheet

DHHS. NIH. National Cancer Institute.

Provides background information on garlic and its possible health benefits and roles in preventing cancer.


Food Safety: Improvements Needed in Overseeing the Safety of Dietary Supplements and "Functional Foods" (PDF | 974 KB)

US General Accounting Office.

2000 report reviews regulations on health claims and safety of dietary supplements and functional foods with recommendations to Congress and the Food and Drug Administration for improvements in federal oversight of these products.


Health Products for Seniors: "Anti-Aging" Products Pose Potential for Physical and Economic Harm (PDF | 477 KB)

US General Accounting Office.

2001 report examines whether anti-aging and alternative medicine products, particularly dietary supplements aimed at conditions of aging, cause physical and economic harm to senior citizens.