The Natural Products Association (NPA) will once again play a featured role during Natural Products Expo East, running Sept. 17 to 20 at the Baltimore Convention Center. NPA, the nation's largest natural products industry trade association, will host a series of seminars and events highlighting evolving federal regulations and showcasing what's next for the organization and the industry.
With the hiring of CEO Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., former director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed shortly by the addition of Corey Hilmas, M.D., Ph.D., former chief of the agency's Dietary Supplement Regulation Implementation Branch, as senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, the association has revitalized its focus on providing premier regulatory education, bringing the unmatched expertise of the top two former dietary supplement officials to all industry stakeholders.
"In today's natural products regulatory arena, it is more important than ever for industry to be well-versed in its responsibilities as legitimate manufacturers and retailers of natural products," said Dr. Fabricant. "Dr. Hilmas and I, as well as the entire NPA team, view Expo East as an opportunity to speak directly with as many people in the industry as possible about this changing landscape. We want to ensure that natural products continue their growth in the marketplace, and that NPA members know how best to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment."
Drs. Fabricant and Hilmas will offer their unique insight during a series of seminars and events at Natural Products Expo East. Below is a schedule of NPA activities:
What You Need to Know Prior to an FDA Dietary Supplement cGMP Inspection: Sept. 17-18, Baltimore Convention Center, Room 338
This revamped two-day seminar features expert presenters and offers an up-to-date overview of the complex elements required to achieve compliance, according to the FDA's good manufacturing practices (GMPs) of dietary supplements guidelines.
Agency Insights—Claims and Other Compliance Issues: Sept. 18, Baltimore Convention Center, Room 338
NPA's newest seminar offers an invaluable behind-the-scenes look at the regulation of dietary supplement labels, led by FDA experts Daniel Fabricant, Ph. D., and Corey Hilmas, M.D., Ph. D.
NPA Past Presidents PAC Reception: Sept. 17, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Hosted by past presidents of NPA, the event enables attendees to meet with current and previous leadership, all while supporting the association's advocacy efforts.
Reception in Honor of Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.: Sept. 18, Baltimore Convention Center, Room 349
Members of NPA and other dietary supplement trade associations will host a reception in honor of Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. NPA encourages all to join in welcoming Sen. Scott as a new member of the Dietary Supplement Caucus.
Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Sept. 17, Baltimore Convention Center, Room 310
NPA will reflect on the association's recent achievements and highlight what's next during the annual business meeting. Immediately following the meeting, NPA will honor a select few award winners in the natural products industry for their outstanding efforts and achievements. Attendees will hear from Dr. Fabricant, dubbed the "King of Natural" by TIME Magazine.
NPA Member Headquarters: Level 300 in the Pratt Street Lobby, Booth #61
All Expo East attendees are invited to stop by and hear from the NPA team. Find out what's new at NPA, how to take advantage of the benefits of membership and why your company should be part of the association that has helped to keep the industry in business since 1936. Dr. Fabricant and Dr. Hilmas will also be available throughout the show to answer questions on member benefits, advocacy efforts, federal regulations and much more.