In November 1995, representatives of the dietary supplement industry submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a suggested outline for developing good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations to ensure that dietary supplements are safe for consumers for their intended use. Through regulation, the Secretary may prescribe GMP regulations for dietary supplements. If such regulations were to be prescribed, they would be modeled after current GMPs for food.
FDA contracted with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) to conduct a survey of the dietary supplement industry to learn about the existing
manufacturing practices in the industry and what constitutes GMPs. This effort is part of the process of considering whether to institute
rule making to develop GMP regulations.