FDA plans to move forward with the first FDA rule aimed at expanding the range of weight loss and dieting programs that can be offered to the public.
The rule is being developed by the Office of Dietary Supplements and Obesity, which includes representatives from the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Food Innovation and Innovation Act, and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
The FDA will release the rule in December and then consider it again at the end of March.
The proposed rule would allow for weight-loss programs to include more than a few dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
The agency’s goal is to make weight loss more accessible and more widely available for the American public, the agency said in a statement.
The FDA is also looking for proposals that would provide incentives for more people to participate in weight loss, the statement said.
The agency will also examine whether to expand the number of dietary supplements that qualify for FDA approval, or whether to relax requirements that require a prescription for a particular product.
The Dietary Supplement Advisory Committee has been studying the proposal for months and is expected to issue a final recommendation later this month, the FDA said.