Governing Body For Nutritional Supplements

by Dena

Could you please tell me what governing body approves the New Zealand based 'Xtend-Life' nutritional supplements you recommend on

Does New Zealand have something similar to the United States FDA? Thanks


Nutritional-Supplement-Truths Response:

Hello Dena

Thanks for visiting nutritional-supplement-truths and for contacting me with what is a very important question when it comes to all nutritional supplements, and not just those which I recommend (and use personally) from the Xtend-Life Company.

Although the New Zealand regulatory structure governing dietary supplements is extremely tough (similar in fact to the draconianally 'tough' rules in Australia), this doesn't come into play for the Xtend-Life company in relation to the "governing body" perspective.

This is because, although Xtend-Life supplements are sold to over 40 countries worldwide, their largest customer base (by far) is in the USA.

Therefore, Xtend-Life chooses to operate under US FDA GMP rules.
In June 2007 the US FDA released its final revised rules on GMP for the manufacture of dietary supplements (we waited 5 years for those!) Depending on the number of employees, companies have until June 2010 (which at the time of writing is next year) to become compliant.

The US FDA GMP are considered the 'gold standard' governing body for nutritional/dietary supplements.


Those of us in the industry know it's not that simple!
The problem is that (at present) the US FDA only does SPOT INSPECTIONS!

And this is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

This is one of the key reasons why: ineffective, poorly put together, and in some rare cases potentially dangerous supplements, are still being manufactured and sold to unsuspecting consumers.

Whilst there are many highly professional companies out there, it's important to acknowledge that some dishonest and disreputable supplement manufacturers are also in the mix - unloading low quality supplements on unsuspecting, health concious consumers. Unfortunately their sophisticated marketing presentations make their products appear more superior and/or more effective than they really are.

Enforcement is the key problem!

The current Chairman of Xtend-Life, Warren Matthews, told me that to offer his customers greater security and transparency, they are planning on bringing out auditors from NSF in the US to do an inspection and to register with their GMP which is actually tougher than the US FDA.

However, that will not be until later this year (2009).

I hope this adequately answers your question.

Yours In Good Health


Brett Seagrott founded in 2005 after working in and researching the nutritional supplement industry. Brett works together with leading health experts to present accurate facts and science-based evidence to help his readers make more informed choices when purchasing premium nutritional health supplements. More about Brett

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