Statement from Natural Products Association (NPA) Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Cara Welch, Ph.D., about the pending release of new dietary ingredients (NDI) guidance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
“The Natural Products Association thanks Senators Orrin Hatch and Tom Harkin for their letter to the FDA commissioner expressing their support for the upcoming NDI guidance and reminding the FDA that Congress will be closely watching how this affects industry and consumers. We too welcome this guidance.
NPA expects the guidance, scheduled to be released by July 5, to offer clarity to dietary supplement manufacturers and consumers on the FDA’s expectations regarding the marketing of new dietary ingredients. It’s important for the industry to know FDA’s thinking in this area to ensure that our members can continue to provide products made from ingredients on the market prior to the passage of DSHEA. This was and remains Congress’s clear intent.
We are doing our part to educate the industry. On July 8, NPA will host a webinar conference call, “NDI Guidance: What You Need to Know,” for our members and the industry. Speakers will be the director of the FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs; the head of the Global Life Sciences Team at Sidley Austin LLP, who was also a major contributor to the drafting of DSHEA; and an NPA expert who specializes in regulatory, safety, nutrition and health issues.
The speakers plan to discuss the guidance and the potential impact on the industry. NPA will continue to provide educational resources about the NDI guidance for the industry and our members.”
For more information about the webinar, visit www.npainfo.org/events.
Natural Products Association
The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 1,900 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA’s mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. Visit www.NPAInfo.org.