CRN Applauds Recent Ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

JANUARY 15, 2021

“CRN is pleased with the recent ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the dietary supplement, biotin. The Court upheld a previous decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that found federal law expressly preempts the claims of the plaintiff. We applaud this decision as it protects both industry and consumers by maintaining the federal framework, allowing dietary supplement manufacturers to disseminate information about how nutrients affect the health and function of the body and empowering consumers to make informed choices about nutrition. 

"CRN submitted an amicus brief in support of product claims surrounding biotin in April 2020. This amicus brief is one of a series of similar briefs CRN has submitted to the Ninth Circuit regarding lawsuits that challenge substantiation standards for dietary supplement health benefit claims under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). 

CRN recognizes the importance of filing these amicus briefs on behalf of industry to protect the federal standards that are in place and prevent private actors from overhauling this carefully crafted framework and creating a patchwork of conflicting substantiation standards inconsistent with the federal system.”

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 180+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn