By Len Monheit
I just can’t believe it – already the home stretch of 2007.
As the year draws to a close, and we contemplate the holiday season (and a bit of the year in review), it’s appropriate to spend a few moments on the highlights, achievements, accomplishments and milestones of the year that is concluding. In this column, I’ll start by listing some of the more significant announcements and news items we’ve posted on NPIcenter over the course of the year. Early in January, I’ll be back to you with an analysis on why these have been selected.
Stepping back for just a moment, as we headed into the year, at least in the United States, we were fearful of the impact of an unfriendly legislative environment, and fresh from the collective victory as mandatory Serious Adverse Event reporting legislation was enacted. The significance of this process was validated as the ingredient quality issue dominated headlines through the middle of the year, leading to serious questions about food safety. It is possible that scrutiny of supplement safety was not as much of a concern since the AER legislation had already been enacted. (Actual date for this legislation to take effect is December 22, 2007).
The other significant supplement event stateside was the promulgation of a final GMP rule. (to take effect for large companies next June).
In other environments, discussions on health claims, new product introductions, the emerging ‘mainstream’ categories of omega-3 and probiotic containing foods, beverages and supplements provide never before seen legitimacy and growth options for our community.
As in any year, the summation is mixed. It is certain though that it has been a year of extensive communication, a focus on education, and a year in which the supply chain has taken on the importance it deserves.
Now for the 2007 news in review:
As noted above, stay tuned for the analysis in a few weeks.