Office of Dietary Supplements http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/default.htm
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the lead time for my order?
Depending on the order size and availability of raw materials from our suppliers, most orders can be fulfilled with two weeks lead time.
What are the minimums for manufacturing of my products?
We have the ability to work with small batches for your specific formulations. The size of the batch depends greatly on the products, ingredients and production needs. A professional consultation will greatly help to determine how best we can work together.
What quality controls are used during production?
Nature’s Supplements, Inc. utilizes industry standards known as cGMP’s as required by the Food and Drug Administration. cGMP are current Good Manufacturing Practices that are aimed to document and control every step of the production process to ensure products are un-adulterated, accurate and clear from pathogens or foreign products. To learn more about our quality assurance process, we invite you to visit our facility.
How is the freight handled for my order?
Nature’s Supplements is able to box and palletize your products per production need and ship them to your destination via UPS, FedEx, USPS, or through the use of several other local and regional transportation services available to you. We will ensure the product is shipped to you in the most convenient and safest way, with the least cost to you.
What is a dietary supplement?
As defined by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which became law in 1994, a dietary supplement is a product (other than tobacco) that
- is intended to supplement the diet;
- contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids; and other substances) or their constituents;
- is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid; and
- is labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement.
Who is responsible for overseeing the regulation of dietary supplements in the United States?
In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory responsibility for dietary supplements. FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering prescription and over-the-counter foods and drug products.
What claims can manufacturers make for dietary supplements and drugs?
The types of claims that can be made on the labels of dietary supplements and drugs differ. Drug manufacturers may claim that their product will diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent a disease. Such claims may not legally be made for dietary supplements.
- Health claims describe a relationship between a food, food component, or dietary supplement ingredient, and reducing risk of a disease or health-related condition.
- Nutrient content claims describe the relative amount of a nutrient or dietary substance in a product.
- A structure/function claim is a statement describing how a product may affect the organs or systems of the body and it cannot mention any specific disease. Structure/function claims do not require FDA approval but the manufacturer must provide FDA with the text of the claim within 30 days of putting the product on the market.
Product labels containing such claims must also include a disclaimer that reads, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
Where can I learn more about Nutritional Supplements?
The Office of Dietary Supplements, a part of the National Institutes of Health, works to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public about the efficacy and safety of dietary supplements in order to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population. http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/default.htm
In addition, you can further obtain information on some most common dietary supplements by looking at the National Institutes of Health’s Nutritional Supplement Fact Sheets http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/
Also available in Spanish at http://ods.od.nih.gov/HealthInformation/RecursosEnEspanol.aspx