Our Mission

Supplement Safety Solutions, LLC is a physician-based consulting company focused on enhancing the safety of dietary supplements and natural foods. Our mission is to provide business-savvy medical expertise that helps supplement companies maximize product development and minimize liability and risk.

Our Founders

Co-founded by Stephen Schmitz, MD, MPH and Hector L. Lopez Jr., MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, Supplement Safety Solutions provides expert consulting services to nutritional and dietary supplement companies by focusing on safety, compliance and risk management. Drs. Lopez and Schmitz bring more than 20 years of collective expertise as dietary supplement researchers, industry consultants, and safety and quality assurance experts. As advocates for the supplement industry, Drs. Lopez and Schmitz want to help galvanize the field with critical aspects of the business value chain.

Dr. Hector Lopez of Supplement Safety Solutions

Hector L. Lopez Jr., MD, CSCS, FAAPMR

Hector L. Lopez Jr., MD, CSCS, FAAPMR is a Co-founder of Supplement Safety Solutions. He is board certified in physical medicine and has a uniquely diverse background in clinical research, sports performance enhancement and as co-founder and director of 3 private practice integrative spine & sports medicine facilities. He is the Chief Medical Officer of a Clinical Research Organization (The Center for Applied Health Sciences), and has extensive experience with medical monitoring of studies involving drugs, biologics and dietary supplements.

Dr. Hector L. Lopez Jr. is a key author on numerous expert documents published by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He has presented internationally on various topics within sports nutrition and on seamlessly integrating medicine with exercise, fitness and nutrition. Dr. Lopez is a highly regarded consultant to the dietary supplement industry.

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Dr. Steven Schmitz

Stephen Schmitz, MD, MPH

Stephen Schmitz, MD, MPH is a Co-founder of Supplement Safety Solutions. For over 15 years, he has worked full-time in drug safety and clinical development for several leading biotech and medical imaging companies in the Boston area, and for a contract research organization (CRO). He is on the editorial board of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and has served as the medical monitor for a variety of drug and medical device studies. He consults with leading dietary supplement companies in safety and risk assessment.

He believes that the dietary supplement industry must significantly enhance their approach to product safety in order to protect itself from misguided calls for regulation of supplements like drugs.  He believes that borrowing from selected best practices in drug safety, taken from the pharma industry, will help supplement manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to product safety.

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Supplement Safety Solutions is a proud member of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

Publications

Nutravigilance article published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

Nutravigilance: principles and practices to enhance adverse event reporting in the dietary supplement and natural products industry Stephen M. Schmitz and Hector L. Lopez of Supplement Safety Solutions and Douglas MacKay, Council for Responsible Nutrition Nutravigilance is defined as “the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects related…

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