Title

The development of the US and Australian dietary supplement regulations: What are the implications for product quality?

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Brownie, S 2005, 'The development of the US and Australian dietary supplement regulations: What are the implications for product quality? ', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 191-198.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine home page available at www.elsevier.com/wps/product/careers/623020

Publisher's version of article available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2005.06.005

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The widespread utilisation of vitamin, mineral, herbal and other natural products by the community attests to the importance individuals place on taking an active role in decisions about their health and the types of medicines they take. Since the emergence of these products in the 1950s, the public have strenuously campaigned against efforts by the authorities to restrict consumer access to these products. In the US and Australia, these public protests had a major impact on the development of the legislative framework that currently governs the regulation of these items in these countries. This article examines the role the public played in establishing these regulations and evaluates the quality of the products that have emerged under the direction of the US and Australian regulations.