NIST Quality Assurance Program for Health Assessment Measurements Open for Registration

A collage of foods and the text HAMQAP Exercise 6

NIST has established a Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program (HAMQAP), in collaboration with National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, to help natural products, food, and clinical laboratories demonstrate measurement competence. The accuracy and precision of measurements made by natural products and food labs is important so that manufacturers and consumers are confident in the claims on nutrition and ingredients labels, and to comply with regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The accuracy of measurements made in clinical labs is important so that patients are properly diagnosed and receive the correct treatments. In some clinical trials, researchers test both consumed products and their metabolized outputs in body fluids like blood and urine to better understand how consumption of a food or natural product can influence a person’s health status.

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