UPDATED NOVEMBER 2019
CRN Fact Sheets
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Frequently Asked Questions
Council for Responsible Nutrition: Who is CRN?
Q. Who is the Council for Responsible Nutrition?
A. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973 and based in Washington, D.C., is the leading trade association representing dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers.CRN companies produce a large portion of the dietary supplements marketed in the United States and globally.
Learn more about how the dietary supplement industry is regulated by FDA and FTC in CRN's Q&A.
Q. Who is the dietary supplement industry?
Consumers have a wide variety of choice when it comes to purchasing dietary supplements—choice that exists in selecting product categories and specific products as well as choosing the company or source that sells them.
Do Americans get all the nutrients they need from food alone? National nutrition surveys demonstrate that they don’t. Recent analysis of nutrient intakes of the U.S. population shows that a large percentage of people fall short of the average requirements of many nutrients. Almost everyone falls short of the average requirements for vitamin D and vitamin E, and more than one-third fall short of the average requirements for calcium, magnesium and vitamin A.
- As a category of food, all dietary supplements are subject to comprehensive, robust regulation. FDA imposes Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations on supplements that are more strict than those for other food. Dietary supplements are subject to postmarket surveillance through mandatory serious adverse event reporting—a requirement that does not apply to conventional foods and beverages.
The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 (P.L. 113–260)— DASCA—gives DEA additional authority to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids—illegal drugs—are falsely marketed as dietary supplements.