WHEREAS, a dietary supplement is a product intended to provide nutrients that are absent from or lacking in quantity from an individuals diet; and
WHEREAS, dietary supplements are not regulated as drugs, which require the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) approval that the drugs are safe and effective before they may be marketed in the United States; and
WHEREAS, dietary supplements are marketed as foods which do not have FDA approval that the supplements are safe and effective prior to being marketed in the United States; and
WHEREAS, a dietary supplement may be marketed in the United States without any testing, as long as the supplements label does not market the product as a cure, or capable of mitigating or treating disease; and
WHEREAS, there are products currently being marketed as dietary supplements that have been shown to cause serious health problems and/or worsen existing diseases and disorders; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) duly assembled at its 116th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, strongly supports legislation requiring more stringent regulation of products being marketed as dietary supplements, to include the requirement that FDA pre-approve all such products as being safe and effective prior to their being marketed to consumers within the United States.
Submitted by: Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Committee