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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 physician, physician assistant, 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, FASPEN, FACN
Clinical Professor
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michele Nicolo, PhD, MS, RD, CDE, CNSC, LDN
Postdoctoral Fellow Research Trainee
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

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 any significant financial interest or affiliation with companies that manufacture or market products discussed in this activity. Joseph Boullata, Michele Nicolo, and Kathleen Stratton have nothing to disclose.

Please note: The information and views presented in this activity are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include the use of drugs and/or devices for unlabeled indications, which should be considered experimental. Participants are advised to consult manufacturer product information and the professional literature, and use professional judgment in applying the presented information in patient-care activities.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 09-28-2018
Expiration Date: 09-28-2021

Pharmacists/Pharmacy Technicians:

ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-0000-18-319-H03-P/T has been assigned to this knowledge-based, home-study activity (initial release date 09-28-18). 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. Completion of the evaluation and the post-test with a score of 70% or higher are required to receive CE credit. No partial credit will be given.


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. This activity provides 1.0 contact hour of nurse CE credit.

Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Dietitians (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.


The AAFP has reviewed Product Quality Verification Of Dietary Supplements and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 10/01/2020 to 09/28/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Physician Assistants:

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AAFP Prescribed Credit. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.


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, LLC 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.