The mission of the National Animal Supplement Council is twofold: to promote the health and wellbeing of companion animals and horses that are given animal health supplements by their owners, and to protect and enhance the animal health supplement industry.
Members of the NASC are concerned and committed manufacturers of animal health supplements from around the world. Together they endeavor to improve the quality and consistency of these products sold to consumers for the benefit of their dogs, cats, horses and other companion animals. NASC member companies collectively address issues and affect important change, which ultimately elevates the industry and results in better practices, procedures, and products.
NASC and its member companies work cooperatively with state, federal and international government officials to create a legislative and regulatory environment that provides a framework that is fair, reasonable, responsible, and nationally consistent. Such an environment of safety, accuracy and quality serves the interests of NASC members by ensuring ethical manufacturing and labeling practices are complied with throughout the industry.
Central to our efforts is the NASC Quality Program, which provides strict guidelines for product quality assurance in written, consistent raw material sourcing and manufacturing standards, adverse event reporting, and labeling and claims requirements that are within the guidelines provided by the regulatory agencies.
To earn permission to display the NASC Quality Seal on its products and marketing materials, an NASC member company must do the following:
- Pass a comprehensive third-party quality audit every two years
- Maintain ongoing compliance with rigorous NASC quality standards
- Participate in annual continuing education facilitated by NASC
- Pass random independent testing of their products to ensure they are meeting label claims
Consumers can have confidence in products with the NASC Quality Seal, knowing they come from responsible suppliers that meet NASC’s demanding requirements. Click here to see a list of NASC members that have earned the NASC Quality Seal.
NASC advocates for and collectively enforces Good Manufacturing Practice standards (GMPs) in manufacturing, labeling and marketing animal health supplements, a system designed to ensure products are consistently produced and controlled according to documented quality standards.
In addition, NASC members establish fair and reasonable paths to fund and facilitate the collection and dissemination of statistically significant research, as well as actively participate in programs of continual vigilance, ensuring the quality of ingredients in these products.
No single person or company can change an entire industry. But when a collective of nearly 300 companies comes together with a shared vision for for a system of transparency, collaboration, and the implementation of best practices, the result is successful self-regulation that bridges the gap between what the law requires and what consumers demand.
This approach serves the best interests of all stakeholders influenced by animal health supplements: manufacturers, marketers, distributors, retailers, regulators, veterinarians, consumers, and not least important, the animals themselves.