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More NIST supplement standards on the way

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The National Institute of Standards and Technology soon will offer standard reference material and certificates of analysis for a berry suite, including cranberries, bilberries and blueberries, a green tea suite and tocopherols in edible oil. NIST has other dietary supplement materials in the acquisition phase, including St. John's Wort, pomegranate and turmeric, said NIST research chemist Kate Rimmer. NIST prioritizes SRM development based on safety concerns and market share for particular supplements, Rimmer said Nov. 11 at the SupplySide West trade show and conference in Las Vegas. The Department of Commerce agency sells the reference substances to manufacturers looking to develop or calibrate lab validation methods. NIST recently began offering an SRM for vitamin D in human serum (1"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 12, 2009, In Brief)

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