The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, and Informa Exhibitions (formerly VIRGO), announced the first 2015 webinar in their popular, ongoing industry-wide webinar series. Taking place April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern, the webinar, entitled, “Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Product and Ingredient Testing in Today’s Climate,” will cover what companies should consider when it comes to testing and how to do it, navigating from regulatory through technical issues.
“Product and ingredient testing has always been fundamental in ensuring regulatory compliance and delivering quality products to customers,” said Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs at CRN. “But the recent actions against herbal supplements by the New York attorney general’s office have put testing in the spotlight and companies are facing many technical questions these days. This webinar will help participants get a solid understanding of important regulatory and scientific aspects of testing.”
Dr. MacKay will moderate the webinar, which will feature four expert presenters including: Dean Cirotta, M.B.A., president and COO, EAS Consulting Group; Gabriel Giancaspro, Ph.D., vice president, foods, dietary supplements and herbal medicines, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP); Élan M. Sudberg, CEO, Alkemist Labs; and Darryl Sullivan, director of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Nutrition Chemistry and Food Safety Division, Covance Laboratories.
The presenters will discuss topics such as: selecting and securing a third-party contract lab; avoiding adulterated material; the role of reference standards in dietary supplement testing; the importance of using validated analytical methods; raw material versus finished product testing; DNA testing and dietary supplements; and more.
The registration fee—$149 for CRN members and $199 for non-members—is a per registration site fee, so multiple people may participate in the webinar from a single site, such as a company’s conference room. This fee also includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording of the webinar for 90 days.