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Natural Product Regulation

In a research of natural products, like herbs or botanical products, review in short:

o The current regulations and oversights that exist in the United States today
o The organization that provides the oversight
o Potential deficits of the current regulatory oversight
o Potential adverse outcomes that could occur with the current system
o Proposal and rationale for a new or alternative regulatory process
o Analysis of how the new plan would improve consumer protection
o Potential obstacles to implementing the new plan

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Even though the emphasis is on dietary supplements, the following is referenced and worthy of exploration.

Organizations that offer this quality testing include:
U.S. Pharmacopeia
NSF International
Natural Products Association

There are many references to this industry, with regard to regulation and the FDA, which raises questions.

Here is another site that offers reference to it as well:
This site offers reference to regulation, as well, noting, "You may be aware that on July 21, a bill was introduced in Congress called the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. This bill, if it becomes law, would give the FDA regulatory power over the beauty industry so that toxic, cancer-causing ingredients would no longer find their way into baby shampoos and lipsticks."
This is noted there, "Natural and Organic Personal Care Products
Many are unaware that there are no FDA requirements or oversight on the ingredients used in personal care products. Manufacturers can put anything they want into soaps, shampoos, skin creams and beauty products. Consumer pressure is the only control."

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Solution Summary

Herbal products are explored.