The Natural Products Association (NPA) announces that Dr. Cara Welch has been promoted to Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Welch will oversee NPA’s quality assurance programs, including good manufacturing practices (GMP) certification and the NPA Natural Seal . She advises NPA members on regulatory, safety, nutrition and health issues. Additionally, Dr. Welch is responsible for assisting natural product industry members to implement policies in response to government initiatives in the regulatory arena, and working with officials in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies whose actions have a direct impact on the natural products industry. Learn more at www.npainfo.org.
“Dr. Welch has been a major contributor to achieving the success of both our Natural Seal and GMP certification programs, and she is the perfect choice to lead this department. The NPA Natural Seal has been a huge success, with nearly 600 certifications since its launch in 2008. We are excited that Dr. Welch will help us fulfill our goal of helping consumers get the natural products they want to maintain and improve their health,” said John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO. “Dr. Welch has the right mix of knowledge and expertise to lead our very important self-regulatory programs for the industry, as well as represent industry positions in key states like California.”
Prior to joining NPA, Dr. Welch studied at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Rutgers University under the direction of renowned plant biologist James E. Simon, Ph.D., working on African botanicals and medicinal plants. Throughout her tenure at Rutgers, Dr. Welch obtained a National Institutes of Health (NIH) pilot study grant for her research on African traditional medicinal plants as a part of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Botanicals Research Center on Metabolic Syndrome at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Dr. Welch authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on traditional medicine and analytical chemistry. She also studied with NPA Burton Kallman Award winner Koji Nakanishi, Ph.D., through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) award program.
Dr. Welch earned her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa under James B. Gloer, Ph.D., and her B.A. in Chemistry from Dordt College. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and serves as a peer-reviewer for editorial boards.
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 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, 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.