The Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s leading non-profit trade organization dedicated to the natural products industry, announced that Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., will be its new chief executive officer (CEO). Dr. Fabricant has worked as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the past three years, and prior to that was vice president of global government and scientific affairs for NPA, including serving as active CEO for several months in 2009.
NPA is the largest and oldest organization representing the entire natural products industry, with more than 2,000 members in all 50 states and internationally, accounting for over 10,000 retail, manufacturing, wholesale, and distribution locations of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements and health/beauty aids.
“We couldn’t be more pleased that Dr. Fabricant will be returning to NPA. His service to this association in the past, coupled with the invaluable experience he has gathered at FDA, makes him the perfect choice to lead our association in this era of growth,” said NPA President Roxanne Green. “He knows the industry as well, if not better, than anyone. NPA is committed to ensuring that the public knows what is truly natural, that our members understand the complex rules and regulations governing our industry, and that policymakers get the facts. As the foremost industry expert on natural products and dietary supplement issues, Dr. Fabricant will help us achieve those goals.”
“NPA is the leading association in the industry, and my top priority is ensuring NPA remains the premiere organization for advocacy and regulatory engagement. NPA is made up of leaders, and we are going to dedicate ourselves to strengthening that leadership position through hard work and membership growth. Now is the time to take our productivity to the next level, and that is precisely what we will do,” said Dr. Fabricant.
Fabricant has published extensively and is internationally recognized both for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research. He is a sought-after speaker, regular guest on national news programs and has testified before Congress. He was awarded the FDA Commissioners Award for his service on several different initiatives. His service at FDA required him to direct agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the $32+ billion (USD) dietary supplement industry, a commodity used by over 180 million Americans daily.