Monday, June 13, 2011

Dietary Supplement Industry and the Park Doctrine

From Natural Products INSIDER

By Nadia A. Karim

The Park Doctrine, as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Park, could be a potential threat to the dietary supplement industry. Under Park, companies can be criminally sanctioned for non-compliance with cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices).

Firms already struggling with qualitative and quantitative testing (e.g., pre- and post- production), quality control (QC), validation and documentation stand to face potential criminal consequences irrespective of whether there was intent to disregard cGMP.

If a dietary supplement firm is struggling with compliance related to the necessary testing requirements, it naturally follows that the firm likely will not be able to provide proof that a product is safe for human consumption as required by the new rules.
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