Compliance Program

In conjunction with the Natural Products Foundation and the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
What is the SupplySide Compliance Program?

SupplySide is an international business-to-business event with participants from many industries and many countries. Attendees should be aware that not all ingredients, technologies, claims or practices are appropriate for all industries or geographies. All participants should be familiar with the laws and regulations applicable to their specific business.

The SupplySide Compliance Program provides tools to gain a greater understanding of some of the most common compliance issues within the industry and help support self-regulatory efforts. We provide compliance monitoring during the SupplySide shows, enforcement where necessary and education resources before, during and after the show.

With these tools, we aim to provide an environment that promotes innovation and growth within the healthy ingredients industry.

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Rules for Compliance

All materials displayed at SupplySide events are subject to the SupplySide Compliance Program. This includes, but is not limited to: booth displays, package labeling and inserts, promotional materials, websites, videos or anything presented at the show.

SupplySide is an international business-to-business event with participants from many industries and many countries. Attendees should be aware that not all ingredients, technologies, claims or practices are appropriate for all industries or geographies. All participants should be familiar with the laws and regulations applicable to their specific business.

Prohibited claims

Product information being disseminated at any SupplySide event must meet the following standards:

  • Disease claims are prohibited: for dietary supplements. Promotion of a product to treat, prevent, mitigate or cure any disease or condition including but not limited to diabetes, cancer, flu, cold, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease is not permitted for dietary supplements.
  • Claims based on traditional use must clearly communicate that the sole basis for the claim is its history of use for a particular purpose.
  • Claims must be appropriate for dietary supplements and do not advertise the product as a "drug" under the FDCA.

Claims that are a high priority for FDA include (but are not limited to): weight loss, body building, sexual enhancement and products for children. For more information about claims that can be made for conventional foods and dietary supplements, click here

The Natural Products Foundation provides extensive information on Truth in Advertising (a resource for developing Best Practices for Dietary Supplement claims), click here. The Council for Responsible Nutrition also has resources to help companies avoid misleading or deceptive advertising claims, based on its joint self-regulatory initiative with the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, click here.

Prohibited Ingredients

Ingredients that are banned from any use in the United States including, but not limited to: ephedra/ephedrine, masking agents, narcotics. Also prohibited are ingredients that are not appropriate for the application including, but not limited to: anabolic steroids, drug ingredients in food, beverage or dietary supplement ingredients.

Prohibited Food and Dietary Supplement ingredients that are a high priority to FDA include (but are not limited to): anabolic steroids and anabolic steroid pre-cursors, masking agents, ephedra/ephedrine, narcotics.

For more information on industry information and regulations click here.

Compliance Monitoring

The SupplySide Compliance Team is made up of executives of Informa Exhibitions, industry legal professionals, and representatives from the Natural Products Foundation and the Council for Responsible Nutrition. The goal is to help exhibitors understand the laws and regulations applicable to their business. We encourage all SupplySide participants to report any suspected violations.

Reporting an Issue:

If you suspect a prohibited claim or ingredient, please report it immediately. All inquiries are anonymous and will be handled promptly by the SupplySide Compliance Team. For the safety of our attendees and exhibitors, please do not try to directly correct the company or individual in violation. You can report an issue in our mobile app or to a SupplySide host directly.

Enforcement

SupplySide is an international business-to-business event with participants from many industries and many countries. Attendees should be aware that not all ingredients, technologies, claims or practices are appropriate for all industries or geographies. All participants should be familiar with the laws and regulations applicable to their specific business.

Any SupplySide participant determined to be in violation of the SupplySide Compliance Program will be subject to enforcement action. While disputes regarding claims may happen, we make a good faith effort to mitigate the situation; however, enforcement action may include a meeting with SupplySide Compliance Team, suggested removal of prohibited materials; removal from SupplySide event; and/or referral to industry self regulatory organizations or the appropriate regulatory agency.

Educational Resources

Education is an important part of the SupplySide Compliance Program. In conjunction with the Natural Products Foundation and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, we will be providing educational materials to all exhibitors to outline regulatory requirements related to prohibited claims and prohibited ingredients. Because Informa Exhibitions, the Natural Products Foundation, and the Council for Responsible Nutrition are committed to helping industry members ensure compliance to important regulations, these educational materials will be available before, during and after the show.

In addition, Informa Exhibitions offers educational programs at each show related to the issue of regulatory compliance.

We encourage SupplySide participants to review materials available at the links below:

Natural Products INSIDER Resources Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Natural Products Foundation (NPF) Council for Responsible Nutrition

Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS)