Dietary Supplement Label Database adds thousands of labels
NIH resource continues to expand transparency of supplement marketplace
February 1, 2022
AHPA recently learned that the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated its Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), adding more than 6,000 labels based on images submitted by industry and collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Initially released to the public in 2013, the DSLD provides detailed label information on a wide range of supplements going back to late 2011. Following a major update in July 2021, the database now allows users to search for products by ingredient, form, brand, intended consumer group, and a wide range of other options. Users can also filter for products currently on the market and compare all products with the same ingredient. With over 130,000 labels – of which more than 85,000 are “On Market” – the database is the most comprehensive resource of information about dietary supplements in existence.
AHPA has had a policy since 2015 to encourage members that market supplement products under their own brands to submit labels for inclusion in the DSLD. Many features of the modern DSLD reflect a request from AHPA for improvements to the database.
AHPA's Board of Trustees has adopted the position that if federal legislation is introduced to establish a mandatory product listing (MPL) requirement for dietary supplements, having labels in the DSLD must be sufficient to satisfy all listing requirements such that a separate label or listing submission would not be required. For inquiries about AHPA's position on MPL, please contact Robert Marriott, Director of Regulatory Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.