On Jan. 29, five major dietary supplement trade associations, Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Natural Products Association (NPA) and United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) announced their support to reestablish the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (CDSC) for the 118th Congress.
The bipartisan group, led by co-chairs Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) serves as a forum to exchange information and ideas related to dietary supplements. More than 30 members of Congress will comprise the caucus.
“I am pleased to relaunch this caucus with Representative Cárdenas,” Curtis said. “The dietary supplements industry is one of the largest industries in Utah and this caucus will serve as an important platform to educate others about the industry and policies that help promote healthy lifestyles.”
Some of the issues that will be focused on include the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), expansion of Flexible Spending Account/Health Savings Account (FSA/HSA) regulations and funding for greater oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“As co-chair, I am eager to foster a space for discussion about the many benefits of dietary supplements, the vital role that suppliers and manufacturers play in broadening nutritional options for consumers, and the importance of meaningful research on these issues,” Cárdenas said. “I believe this caucus will allow robust discussion that will culminate into action that betters the wellness of so many across the country.”