The FDA has stepped up its commitment to ensuring that any inferior companies are ousted from the industry, according to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) of Silver Spring, MD. In a release, the association noted that most recent FDA inspections of dietary supplement facilities conducted in 2016 and 2017 show FDA continues to inspect an increasing number of facilities annually and the industry continues to get better at communicating compliance to FDA inspectors.
More explicitly, according to AHPA, FDA inspected 610 dietary supplement facilities in fiscal year 2017, up from roughly 475 in the previous year. Between January 2010 and September 2017, FDA inspected a total of 2,137 unique dietary supplement facilities (including 184 foreign facilities) of companies that market supplements in the U.S. Among the 1,953 domestic FDA dietary supplement facility inspections, 52 percent (1,015) resulted in no recorded observations or FDA Form 483s.