• it should provide a method to integrate diverse information into a priority-setting scheme so that efforts and resources can be maximally directed toward those dietary supplement ingredients with the greatest safety concerns; and

  • it should provide a mechanism for public input.

Once the definition and key attributes of a safety framework were understood and the committee had an understanding of approaches taken by other expert groups, the committee then developed a framework focused on the safety of dietary supplements. This approach is outlined briefly in the following chapter, with additional detail in succeeding chapters.

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