Supplement trade requests NDI comment extension

WASHINGTON — Five trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry on Wednesday collectively requested a time extension to provide comments concerning the recent draft guidance on new dietary ingredient notifications that was recently issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

In the July 5 Federal Register notice, the FDA allowed for a 90-day public comment period. The trade associations are requesting an additional 45 days, which would extend the deadline to Nov. 17. "We applaud the FDA for the release of this document and welcome the opportunity to provide comments with respect to the draft guidance," the associations stated in its letter.  "However, members of our respective organizations believe additional time is needed to adequately prepare meaningful feedback for the agency’s consideration."

The five trade associations include the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.