Opinion
Volume 6 Issue 8 - 2018
Global Research Defines Dietary Supplements Today
Charles D Shively
Chief Executive Healthcare Officer, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
*Corresponding Author: Charles D Shively, Chief Executive Healthcare Officer, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Received: June 22, 2018; Published: July 11, 2018
Citation: Charles D Shively. “Global Research Defines Dietary Supplements Today”. EC Pharmacology and Toxicology 6.8 (2018): 655.
What is Quality?
Quality in a dietary supplement is the essence of commitment by a manufacturer to ensuring consumer satisfaction with product use. How is quality ensured? It starts with meticulous attention to the selection and testing of raw materials used in the product and subsequent production techniques. Special conditions during production must be monitored and include final quality testing to meet the established specifications for ingredient content of all ingredients in the finished product is mandatory. What remains to be completed? The answer is clinical research….worldwide…through advanced clinical models in those countries where the product is sold. Do consumers care about these studies? Market research says YES!
How is Quality Clinical Research for Dietary Supplements Defined Today?
No longer acceptable are studies that just ask “Is this better than other products you have used?” Consumers wish to know about the unique features of a product and why it is superior to other products. This can only be answered for consumers by organizations that establish clinical research models that set the reference standard for the industry…worldwide. How is this done? The first step involved is the critical design of the actual study by a seasoned research specialist (usually a PhD is involved) and subsequent approval by the health authorities in the country where the study is to be conducted. Once the clinical study design is approved the next step is often defining the world wide acknowledged centers of research where seasoned clinical investigators involved with dietary supplement knowledge exist. These investigators follow the well-defined controlled study design which has reference controls needed.
Copyright: © 2018 Charles D Shively. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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