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Online retailer Amazon has established a set of compliance documentation rules for dietary supplement brands, requiring sellers to provide documentation that dietary supplements sold on its website meet and comply with applicable FDA regulations and quality/safety requirements. These Amazon requirements join the growing number of retailer requirements, all with the common goal of standardizing GMP audits, product testing standards and, as applicable, testing for athletic banned substances (ABS) for sports products.
Common to all these retailer trust programs is the acceptance of certain accredited standards, specifically:
NSF also certifies products to Certification Guideline 306 for Certified for Sport® athletic banned substances testing and certification. This guideline includes and requires NSF/ANSI 173 and NSF/ANSI 455-2 certifications.
The new Amazon rules require one of the following:
“This is a paradigm shift for dietary supplement manufacturers, but it also presents a unique opportunity for brands to capitalize on the requirements,” said NSF’s Health Sciences Certification Managing Director David Trosin. “Global retailers are shifting the market toward increased product confidence as a competitive advantage. NSF upholds high public health standards through accreditation, which provides integrity to our certification services. When you overlay the needs of Amazon with those of global organizations like the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) and national chains, one thing becomes clear – NSF is a single-source solution for brands with multiple certification needs.”
Amazon provides more detail on the requirements in Amazon Seller Central. Dietary supplement brands preparing for the new requirements can learn more about the levels of NSF certification at: