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DSHEA at 20: CRN Conference gathers key 1994 players

DSHEA at 20: CRN Conference gathers key 1994 players
Keynote panel includes three legal, regulatory and legislative experts who worked tirelessly to create, marshal and pass the landmark legislation.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and as the dietary supplement industry positions itself for what’s ahead, it’s important to reflect on how DSHEA came about and how it has impacted the industry and its consumers. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, will convene a distinguished keynote panel of legal, regulatory and legislative experts at The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry , Nov. 5 to 8 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif.

The three panelists, all of whom were there for the birth of DSHEA, were among those who worked tirelessly to create, marshal, and pass the landmark legislation that the industry has lived under for the past 20 years. This session will reunite these key players who will share their personal anecdotes and assessments about how and why DSHEA came about, and whether it’s still the appropriate law for the industry. 

Scott Bass, partner, Sidley Austin LLP, will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Bass played a key role in shaping DSHEA as an industry representative with what was then the National Nutritional Foods Association. Following his remarks, Patricia Knight, founder of Knight Capitol Consultants, and Kay Holcombe, senior vice president of science policy at BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, will take the stage along with him as panelists. In 1994, and for many years before and after, Ms. Knight was an integral leader in the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch (D-Utah)—a longtime industry champion, and one of the architects responsible for creating and passing DSHEA. Ms. Holcombe served as professional health legislative staff and senior health policy advisor to the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives under Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), and was instrumental in developing the bill and building consensus in the House.

“We are excited to hear from these three policy veterans who were so important 20 years ago to DSHEA’s passage into law,” said Mike Greene, vice president of government relations at CRN. “There were so many people involved in DSHEA’s passage, but Scott, Trisha and Kay possess a unique perspective, having remained active in the dietary supplement and regulatory arena since that time. We trust they will provide interesting historical notes on the law that still shapes our business today, as well as counsel on the future of DSHEA and the dietary supplement industry.”

The “DSHEA at 20” session will take place the morning of Thursday, Nov. 6. In addition to The Conference, CRN is presentingThe Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, an all-day symposium on Nov. 5, just prior to The Conference. Four flexible registration options spanning both events are available. See CRN’s events website for details:

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