NPA revamps GMP seminars to address changing regulatory environment

NPA revamps GMP seminars to address changing regulatory environment

In light of the FDA’s emphasis on GMP inspections, this course is vital for anyone whose job requires an understanding of the GMP rule for dietary supplements.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has updated the popular Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) training program, “What You Need to Know: How the FDA GMP Rule for Dietary Supplements Applies to You.” In light of the Food and Drug Administration’s emphasis on GMP inspections, this course is vital for anyone whose job requires an understanding of the GMP rule for dietary supplements. This includes senior management, regulatory affairs staff and QA/QC, production and laboratory personnel. The first opportunity to attend this seminar will be at Expo West on March 8-9 in Anaheim, Calif. Learn more and register at www.NPAinfo.org/GMP.
 
The newly-revised program now includes:
  • Issues identified in recent FDA inspections and warning letters.
  • Examples and case studies illustrating real-life GMP issues and scenarios.
  • An overview of industry business models and their respective GMP responsibilities.  
The updated format brings more emphasis on the application of what is required for GMP compliance. Companies will be able to use this information to meet their GMP requirements.
 
As the first in the industry to offer dietary supplement GMP education, NPA has had more than 1,000 participants from more than 600 companies attending these GMP education sessions since 1999. NPA’s presenters offer the unique perspective of consulting for the industry as well as working in the industry to develop effective quality systems.
 
Cindy Beehner, president of QSD Consulting, and Aaron Secrist, quality and regulatory manager at NOW Foods, are industry experts who have worked with hundreds of firms of all sizes. They have more than 40 years combined experience in the industry addressing FDA regulations, especially in the area of GMP and dietary supplements.
 
NPA’s 2012 seminars will be held in conjunction with the following trade shows:
  • Expo West, Anaheim, Calif., March 8-9
  • NPA MarketPlace 2012, Las Vegas, June 13-14
  • Expo East, Baltimore, Md., September 19-20
  • Located close to an industry supply show, Las Vegas, November 5-6

NPA also launched a GMP certification program in 1999, the first third-party GMP certification program for the manufacturing of dietary supplements and ingredients. More than 95 companies have achieved certification. For certification details and seminar registration, visit www.NPAinfo.org/GMP.  

 

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.
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