Health officials in Puerto Rico recently issued an administrative order
imposing a number of new regulations and fees on island supplement
manufacturers and retailers. The new regulatory scheme mirrors much of what is
already submitted to the FDA to register supplements, so it is likely that the
order is little more than a money grab. If allowed to stand, it could spread to
other parts of the US.
This order will likely produce a situation similar to
California after the passage of Proposition 65—it will become so burdensome and
difficult to do business in Puerto Rico that supplement companies will simply
choose to close down their operations on the island. The
policy also disproportionately effects smaller companies, which will find it
much more difficult to comply with the host of new regulations. Small
businesses, then, will be on the losing end—and so will consumers, who will
lose access to quality products.
The House recently approved a bill that includes a provision to study the economic impacts of the order—but this isn’t enough. Write to your senators and urge them to support including language in related legislation that strikes this Administrative Order.
Please strike Puerto Rico's Order No. 346
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]