Natural Products Association to Bolster State Government Relations

In the wake of the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) board action formalizing the end of operations by NPA West and NPA Rocky Mountain regions, NPA announced it was moving quickly to ensure that states no longer belonging to a regional NPA receive the advocacy they need.

“The most important role of our organizations is advocacy. Bad ideas that are enacted in one state can spread to others,” said John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO, “so we have already begun interviewing candidates to fill a newly created state government relations position to address that threat. Over the years, NPA has provided a great deal of support in those regions, so we are well positioned to play a greater role.”

Earlier this week, the NPA board of directors voted to accept the unanimous recommendation of the NPA Governance Committee to revoke the charters of the NPA West and NPA Rocky Mountain regions. This action was taken after those regions were unable to meet organizational requirements instituted in November 2008.

“It is critically important that we maintain a high level of effectiveness in representing the industry – both at the national and regional levels,” said NPA President Pat Sardell, “so this decision, while difficult, was necessary and will ensure a stronger future for the entire natural products industry.”

Natural Products Association ( is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. Natural Products Association represents almost 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health and beauty aids.

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