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New CRN regulatory conference offers FDA perspectives on supplements, functional foods

The Council for Responsible Nutrition will host a new conference, The Regulatory Summit, with interactive sessions regarding regulatory compliance matters that producers of dietary supplements and functional foods are facing.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, will host a new conference, The Regulatory Summit, on May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland.

The one-day event will offer interactive sessions regarding regulatory compliance matters that producers of dietary supplements and functional foods are facing. Topics will include FDA enforcement actions and priorities; FDA good manufacturing practices (GMP) inspector training across district offices; FDA perspective on factors that impact dietary ingredient status, including ingredient combination; achieving GMP compliance with contract manufacturers; and developing statistical sampling plans. The event costs $345 for CRN members, $425 for non-members and is free for government employees with identification, subject to availability.

A variety of regulatory experts from companies, consulting firms, quality control laboratories and law firms will serve as session leaders. In addition, several FDA officials will participate, providing opportunities for communication between the agency and members of the supplements industry.   

“We anticipate this conference will have broad appeal for regulatory professionals in the dietary supplement and functional food industry, including senior executives, regulatory/quality managers and technical scientists. We’ll cover topics of interest in regulatory affairs, as well as quality control/quality assurance,” said Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “We’d encourage companies to send more than one person, as the set-up for the conference will encourage team-building opportunities resulting in strategies to prevent regulatory problems as well as practical remedies and forward-thinking solutions to address and correct them.”

The Regulatory Summit is just one of the educational events in which CRN is involved. In conjunction with the American Conference Institute (ACI), CRN will co-host the fourth annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on June 27–29, in New York City. The forum will focus on current legal and compliance issues that affect the industry. CRN’s annual Day of Science and The Conference have both been growing in popularity over the past several years, and both events have gained a strong reputation for substantive presentations and networking opportunities. Additionally, CRN hosts a series of webinars each year in coordination with Informa Exhibitions.

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