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Product Quality Verification of Dietary Supplements

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To Participate

To participate in this continuing education activity:

  1. Review the activity description and objectives.
  2. View the activity.
  3. Complete the online post-test and activity evaluation.

Activity Description

Patients have thousands of dietary supplement options available to them in todays market. Many of these patients will ask you, their local pharmacist, nurse provider or dietitian, for help in deciding if they need a dietary supplement and which one to purchase. This activity is designed to support your counseling efforts by examining dietary supplement regulation with specific emphasis on the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), describing voluntary quality verification programs, identifying counseling points for assisting patients, and discussing the adverse event reporting process. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, the participant should be able to:

  • List 3 key components of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
  • Outline labeling, claims and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements covered by DSHEA.
  • Describe voluntary programs that attest to the quality of dietary supplements.
  • Identify counseling points for assisting patients in making informed choices.
  • Describe how to report adverse events involving dietary supplements.


Joseph Boullata, PharmD, RPh, BCNSP
Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Pharmacy Specialist, Nutrition Support
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michele Nicolo, MS, RD, CDE, CNSD, LDN
Clinical Dietitian Specialist
Clinical Nutrition Support Services
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kathleen W Stratton, JD, MA, RD, LDN
Clinical Dietitian
Clinical Nutrition Support Services
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. Joseph Boullata, Michele Nicolo, and Kathleen Stratton have nothing to disclose.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CME/CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include the use of drugs for unlabeled indications. Use of drugs outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 09-10-2012
Expiration Date: 09-10-2015


ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-12-053-H03-P has been assigned to this knowledge-based, home-study activity (initial release date 09-10-12). This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers and is provided at no cost to participants. Statements of credit will be issued online upon completion of an evaluation and upon scoring 70% or higher on the post-test. No partial credit will be given.


Nursing credit is provided for this home-study activity through collaboration between ProCE, Inc. and Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc., a provider of continuing education accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.0 contact hour of nurse CE credit.

Dieticians (RD/DTR):

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accepts self-study CPE materials approved by organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the ACPE as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Funding

This activity is supported by an educational grant from The United States Pharmacopeial Convention.

The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.