NIST was asked to develop the standards by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements and the FDA, which are providing partial funding for the project.
NIST will certify the concentrations of designated constituents in botanical ingredients and finished product preparations. The standards development program will begin with botanical sources of ephedrine alkaloids and kava, two widely marketed ingredients in dietary supplement products. Additional SRMs for nutriceuticals (nutritional supplements designed for specific clinical purposes) to be provided by NIST will be determined based on priorities provided by the NIH and FDA.
Contact: Michael E. Newman
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)