Some dietary supplement products contain stimulants, steroids, hormone-like ingredients, controlled substances, or unapproved drugs. The Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) High-Risk Supplement List helps you identify supplements that might pose a potential risk to your health or career. Not all supplements on the list are illegal or banned, but all pose potential health risks. In addition, the list is not exhaustive, so something that isn’t on the list can still be unsafe.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal regulatory agency responsible for enforcing legislation about dietary supplements. FDA routinely issues public statements about adulterated, illegal, and dangerous dietary supplements; see their Tainted Products widget displayed to the right on this page.
The information in the OPSS High-Risk Supplement List is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. You should contact a healthcare provider for specific medical or nutritional advice. Any reliance on the information provided in the OPSS High-Risk Supplement List is solely at your own risk. Please visit other sections of the OPSS website for further education to help you make wise decisions about dietary supplements.
For Healthcare Providers
The OPSS High-Risk Supplement List is also a tool to help healthcare providers identify products that could pose a risk to the health of service members. The OPSS High-Risk Supplement List also identifies some products that have been found to contain undeclared ingredients, which could help healthcare providers identify possible adverse interactions.