non surgical orthopedistDr. Hector L. LopezMD, CSCS, FAAPMRWith advanced higher education in nutritional biochemistry and exercise science, Dr. Hector Lopez integrates nutritional medicine with orthopedic medicine to ease pain, reduce recovery time, and enhance the recovery process. He is a respected consultant to the nutritional supplement industry and has developed his own line of powerful neutraceuticals.

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Supplement Safety Solutions Announces Nutravigilance℠ Program for Improved Advanced Event Reporting

Launched by physician-based consulting company Supplement Safety Solutions, Nutravigilance℠ promises to surpass regulatory requirements related to the safety of dietary supplements and natural products.

Supplement Safety Solutions is proud to announce Nutravigilance℠, a new safety and adverse event surveillance, monitoring and reporting program. NutravigilanceSM, which is defined as “the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects related to the use of food, dietary supplements or medical food,” is a comprehensive approach to product safety that is derived from well-defined principles used in the pharmaceutical industry.

According to the program’s co-founders, Dr. Hector L. Lopez Jr. and Dr. Stephen Schmitz, Nutravigilance℠ marks the beginning of a new era of adverse event reporting in which supplement manufacturers are taking the lead in demonstrating their products’ safety.

The supplement, natural product, and functional food industries can benefit from increased efforts to demonstrate to their consumers and to regulatory agencies like the FDA that they take their safety responsibilities very seriously,” says Dr. Lopez. “Instead of waiting for and reacting to product safety issues, the industry must embrace proactive best practices from other industries and adapt them.  

In tandem with the launch of their new program, Supplement Safety Solutions has also launched a Nutravigilance℠ Verified seal. Companies in the dietary supplement, natural products and medical foods industry can license the trademarked logo (after meeting specific requirements as defined by the Nutravigilance℠ program) to display on product labels, TV, radio and print marketing materials. The seal demonstrates that a company has made a strong commitment to product and consumer safety that exceeds current regulatory standards.

Companies that follow the NutravigilanceSM program verify that they:

  • Train their employees to recognize adverse events.
  • Have detailed standard operating procedures for processing and reporting adverse events
  • Have an appropriately trained “Responsible Person” identified to interface with regulatory agencies
  • Regularly perform signal detection activities to assess ongoing product safety
  • Assess relevant scientific and medical literature for safety-related reports

Additionally, Nutravigilance℠ Verified companies create high-quality adverse event narratives and reports, regularly search the literature for safety reports related to ingredients found in their product formulation, perform periodic safety signal detection exercises, and summarize the totality of data in annual safety reports.

If you are not taking proactive steps to protect product safety, then you’re not doing enough,” says Dr. Schmitz. “That makes you vulnerable to regulatory liability and safety issues, and it decreases the essential dialogue between the consumer and the dietary supplement manufacturer or brand.  

About Supplement Safety Solutions

Supplement Safety Solutions, LLC is a physician-based consulting company focused on enhancing the safety of dietary supplement and natural foods. Co-founded by Stephen Schmitz, MD, MPH and Hector L. Lopez Jr., M.D., CSCS, FAAPMR, Supplement Safety Solutions provides expert consulting services to nutritional and dietary supplement companies by focusing on safety, compliance and risk management. Drs. Lopez and Schmitz bring more than 20 years of collective expertise as dietary supplement researchers, industry consultants, and safety and quality assurance experts. As advocates for the supplement industry, Drs. Lopez and Schmitz want to help galvanize the field with critical aspects of the business value chain. For more information, visit the Supplement Safety Solutions website here.

Contact Dr. Hector Lopez, MD about Nutravigilance℠

If you are interested in learning more about Nutravigilance℠ Verification for your product, please click here to visit the Supplement Safety Solutions website, or contact Dr. Hector Lopez, MD using the form in the left sidebar.