SSCI has been created to enhance safety, authenticity, and compliance of dietary supplements throughout the supply chain while reducing audit redundancy. This is achieved through the benchmarking of existing and future dietary supplement safety audit schemes. Benchmarking is the process by which various safety and compliance certifications and/or schemes are compared to the SSCI Guidance Document. Benchmarking will be done by an appointed committee comprised of suitably qualified persons or organizations that are independent, impartial, and technically competent. This committee will include representatives from retailers, manufacturers, and other appropriate experts. A scheme is “SSCI recognized” once it has been verified that it meets the requirements outlined in the SSCI Guidance Document.