Washington, D.C., February 14, 2017—Companies interested in learning more about the Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library), the dietary supplement product registry, are encouraged to visit the newly updated microsite, www.SupplementOWL.org.
Step-by-step instructions for companies to participate in Tier 1 of the Supplement OWL have been added, along with other material. On the “Getting Started” section of the microsite, companies can choose from four upload options to populate their product labels into the registry. These options are: 1) the electronic transfer of labels from an existing IT system; 2) conversion of labels already in the ODS Label Database; 3) manual data entry; or 4) using a third-party upload service. Companies are encouraged to get started now in order to have product labels available in the Supplement OWL before the product registry is made public in April.
The Supplement OWL will serve as a resource for regulators, retailers, and industry stakeholders looking to examine and evaluate product labels, and identify products, their ingredients, and the companies who market them. A hallmark of industry maturation, the Supplement OWL is a self-regulatory initiative that demonstrates a commitment to accountability and transparency. By entering its product labels into the database, a company illustrates confidence that its products are compliant with label regulations.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement industry, is spearheading the effort by providing the initial funding and conceptual project management. UL, a global independent safety science company, is investing funding in the development and administration of the registry and the technology that will drive this database.
Note to Editor: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit www.crnusa.org. Follow us on Twitter @crn_supplements and @wannabewell and on Facebook.
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com.