OPSS is the DoD-wide effort to educate the military community about dietary supplements. However, many government agencies also work to provide resources on dietary supplements. Each agency, much like DoD and OPSS, has its own mission, roles, and responsibilities, so they offer various resources. Read more about each agency’s resources below.
The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) includes information obtained from the labels of dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S., with a web-based user interface that provides ready access to label information. DSLD was developed to serve the research community, healthcare providers, and the public.
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) has researched and developed fact sheets on common dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and plant-based ingredients. The fact sheets are available in two versions, suitable for healthcare providers and consumers.
DoD’s DDRP, under the Office of Drug Demand Reduction, aims to prevent drug abuse through education, outreach, and awareness programs, as well as detect and deter DoD civilian and military personnel from using illicit drugs and misusing prescription drugs. DDRP oversees random drug testing and its consequences, as well as anti-drug educational programs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients. FDA provides information primarily related to the regulation of dietary supplements and dietary supplement ingredients, as well as safety alerts, recalls, warning letters to supplement manufacturers, a list of tainted products marketed as dietary supplements, and guidance documents for industry.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) oversees the marketing and advertising of dietary supplement products and works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. FTC provides resources to help you spot and avoid deceptive marketing claims, such as supplements that claim to cure diseases.
Human Performance Resources by CHAMP (HPRC) is the military’s go-to source on Total Force Fitness, a DoD framework for military wellness. HPRC provides evidence-based resources to Service Members, their families, and other members of the military community to help them stay healthy, mission-ready, and resilient.
MedlinePlus is the world’s largest medical library, produced by the National Library of Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health). MedlinePlus offers easy-to-understand information about dietary supplements and herbal remedies, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicines.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. They offer information about common herbal and botanical supplements and other complementary, alternative, and integrative health practices.