(Franklin Lakes, NJ) April 2, 2003 - Richard Meer, principal consultant for Engineering & Management Consultants in Franklin Lakes, NJ, and former research engineer with the Dupont Company, has assumed a leadership role to review the technical impact of the proposed CGMP standards issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it relates to the dietary supplement industry.
According to Meer, the important CGMP issues must be responded to the FDA by June 5, 2003. “Many of the provisions proposed by the FDA will be difficult for industry members to comply with because of the monetary restrictions, unfair regulations and legal issues that will be created. We must voice our objections,” says Meer.
Meer, in conjunction with NPIcenter.com, has developed a series of technical notices to make the industry aware of the day-to-day regulations that it will be required to fulfill. Meer will also speak at several trade shows to reach industry members. Meer’s first forum is at the National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems (NAFFS) Technical meeting on April 15, 2003 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ.
For the functional food industry, Meer is pursuing an industry forum at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting in Chicago, on July 16. This open forum will discuss FDA actions. On October 26, Meer will speak at the Eastern Food Conference in Philadelphia.
“By the end of October, the FDA may have responded to comments and a review of their final GMP regulations may be discussed in another formal presentation,” says Meer.
Meer holds a masters degree from Cornell University in chemical engineering. After a 25-year career with the Meer Corporation, the largest botanical products company in the United States, where he served as president for seven years, he formed Engineering & Management Consultants in 1993.
Meer is a member of the executive committee of the Consultants Association of the Natural Products Industry and past president of the National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems. Meer is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Food Technology.
A specialist in Good Manufacturing Practices with over 25 years of experience, EMC provides professional counsel in process and product development for botanical, nutraceutical and the functional food industries including production control, industrial marketing, and corporate management assistance.
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