STRIPED launched a recent initiative to create a database of federal policies towards weight-loss supplements. This global policy scan will identify how federal governments around the world regulate dietary supplements sold for weight-loss. The initial conclusion revealed that despite the health risks, these products are loosely regulated throughout the world. There are no major limitations on their availability, and often regulators don’t fully assess the supplement’s safety before they are allowed on the market. In order to expand the database and overcome language barriers, we will also launch an online survey for regulators, industry leaders and academics around the world. STRIPED’s global policy scan will be a comprehensive and comparative tool to serve in advocating for stronger regulation for weight-loss supplements. To explore our global policy scan study, please click here.
We would like to thank STRIPED Visiting Scholar Sarith Felber for her insightful contributions to the conceptualization of this pilot study.