Module 1: Dietary Supplements: An Introduction to Their Use and Regulation in the US


This module will cover a brief history from pre-Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DHSEA) including why DHSHEA was needed, what it established and the unique position of dietary supplements (between food and drugs). This module will also discuss some of the allowable claims for dietary supplements and contemporary challenges for regulating ingredients (i.e., CBD, RYR).


Educational Objectives

After completing this enduring material, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the legal definition of a dietary supplement (US).
  • Examine the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and its impact on the regulatory framework for dietary supplements.
  • Identify differences between dietary supplements, drugs, and medical foods.
  • Discuss legal framework for manufacturing and selling dietary supplements.
  • Explain how adverse event reporting is done for dietary supplements and OTC drugs.
  • Analyze and interpret the label of a dietary supplement.
  • Review the allowable claims for dietary supplements.

Enduring Material Details

Released On: August 24, 2021

Expires On: August 23, 2024

Credit Available: Maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™