WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2003 - The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, today announced the appointment of Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., as president, following a Feb. 27 vote by the CRN Board of Directors.
Since Jan. 2, Dr. Dickinson had been serving as acting president, a position she was elevated to from her previous position as CRN's vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs.
According to CRN Chairman Byron Johnson, nutrition industry relations director, Access Business Group, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am extremely pleased to make this announcement because it signifies a new era for CRN. By choosing Dr. Dickinson as CRN President, we have selected someone with three decades of industry experience who has consistently provided not only scientific and regulatory expertise, but also highly respected leadership for the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the dietary supplement industry. As CRN celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, Dr. Dickinson is absolutely the right person to move the Council for Responsible Nutrition forward - and to implement our industry's agenda to instill consumer confidence in dietary supplements."
A recognized nutrition expert and author, Dr. Dickinson is currently serving a 3-year term on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Advisory Committee. She also was appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels and is a frequent witness before the U.S. Congress and at other public forums. Her scientific background includes an expertise in vitamins and minerals, and her regulatory expertise covers the legal and
technical aspects of marketing dietary supplements, including provisions relating to labeling, advertising and good manufacturing practices. She is the author of two highly regarded industry reference books, The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements, a comprehensive compilation of information about the health benefits of vitamins and minerals, and Before and After DSHEA, a guide to the FDA's regulation of the dietary supplement industry.
"As CRN President I will work to improve our industry's reputation through emphasizing our association's commitment to high quality products that are safe, effective and backed by scientific research. We need to do a better job of conveying to regulators, health care professionals, journalists and consumers the important role that dietary supplements can play in promoting good health and protecting against disease. We will start by renewing our dedication to responsible practices."
A frequent contributor to national and international nutritional meetings and technical symposia, Dr. Dickinson is often called upon by the print and broadcast media to interpret the science and represent the dietary supplement industry's view on issues affecting dietary supplements. She earned her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and her M.S. in food sciences from the University of Maryland.