FDA Launches New Ingredient Directory for Dietary Supplements

FDA Launches New Ingredient Directory for Dietary Supplements

March 15, 2023 By

On March 6, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new directory of ingredients used in dietary supplements. The directory will be a “one-stop shop” for ingredient information that was previously found on different FDA web pages. The purpose of the new directory is to help manufacturers, retailers, and consumers make informed health by providing quick access to information about the ingredients which may be found in dietary supplements.

What Type(s) of Information is Included Within The New Directory?

Within the new ingredient directory are links to 27 ingredients which can be accessed here.

Here’s an example of an ingredient as it appears in the FDA’s ingredient directory:

The information within the directory is listed alphabetically in three columns:
  1. Ingredient
    This column refers to the name of the ingredient as it would be displayed in the ingredients list on the label of the dietary supplement
  2. Other Known Names
    This column refers to other common names, trade names, chemical names, etc., for the ingredient
  3. Agency Actions/Statements
    This column refers to any statements, updates, warnings, etc., regarding the ingredient published online by the FDA

The FDA has stated that the directory is “not intended to be a comprehensive list of all ingredients” used in dietary supplements, and may not include all actions made regarding an ingredient. For example, older actions may not be listed, especially if they do not reflect the agency’s current position.

The Ingredient Directory will be replacing the FDA’s Dietary Ingredient Advisory List, however, anyone signed up to receive updates regarding the advisory list will automatically receive updates to the Ingredient Directory as they become available.

What Does This Mean for Industry?

This new directory does not levy any new requirements for dietary supplement manufacturers. What it will do, however, is provide consumers (and manufacturers & retailers), with an easier way to be informed about the types of ingredients found in dietary supplements.

If you would like to submit comments or feedback you can do so by emailing the FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions about the FDA’s new Ingredient Directory or need assistance related to dietary supplement regulations or any other regulatory affairs matters, contact dicentra today.