The Council for Responsible Nutrition in January named its vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Annette Dickinson, acting president. Dickinson has been with the science-based industry trade association since its 1973 inception. She replaces John Cordaro, CRN's president for the past 20 years. In late 2002, the CRN board of directors voted not to renew Cordaro's contract.
Dickinson brings regulatory experience and scientific knowledge of nutrition to the position. She is serving a three-year term on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Advisory Committee, where she provides independent expert scientific advice to the FDA in its evaluation of supplements. Dickinson often testifies before Congress on supplement regulatory and science issues and was appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels.
As acting president, Dickinson said she plans to "develop a product stewardship program in response to FDA and Federal Trade Commission's call for the industry to take more responsibility for its products and be more self-regulating."
CRN also announced the election of Byron Johnson, nutrition industry relations director, Access Business Group/Nutrilite, to chairman of the board. At Access, he oversees regulatory laws and corporate compliance matters.
CRN also elected new members to its board of directors, including: Chuck Brice of Kemin Foods, chair-elect; Mike Doyle of BASF Corp., treasurer; David Morrison of Pharmaton Natural Health Products, secretary; and Dickinson.
The trade association is currently searching for a botanicals expert. John Cardellina resigned as vice president, botanical and regulatory science in December to return to a research position at the National Cancer Institute.
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