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NPA, UL partner for expanded industry education

NPA, UL partner for expanded industry education
Joint effort will incorporate NPA’s regulatory and compliance seminars, online education and on-site training, along with top-notch training modules from UL's regulatory training division EduNeering.

The Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest trade organization representing natural products, and UL, a leading global independent safety science company, are working together to offer increased educational opportunities to NPA members.

The education provided through joint NPA and UL efforts will provide online and in-person education for NPA members. The new education partnership, which will incorporate NPA’s prestigious regulatory and compliance seminars, web-based education and personalized, on-site training, along with top-notch training modules from EduNeering, the online regulatory training division of UL, is designed to better inform dietary supplement manufacturers, distributors, auditors, retailers and other industry stakeholders on a variety of vital issues via various training platforms.

These training platforms include, but are not limited to:

  • How to Prepare for a current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Inspection
  • How to Prepare for a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Audit
  • cGMPs for Manufacturing Plants and Equipment
  • cGMP Requirements for Quality Control
  • Introduction to Part 111 cGMPs
  • Packaging, Labeling, Holding and Distribution
  • Production and Process Control System for Manufacturing Operations
  • Dietary Supplements – Requirements for Records and Recordkeeping
  • How to Write and Qualify Claims as Structure/Function Claims
  • How to Write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Label/Labeling Requirements
  • Prior Notice and Labeling Requirements for Imports

“Given the combined reputation and expertise of both NPA and UL, our collaborative efforts to bring elevated education to the natural products industry is the logical next step for both organizations,” said NPA CEO Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. “Our combined vision is to see one program the industry can turn to for dietary supplement education, and we see this being that program. We anticipate this to be the start of a lasting relationship between NPA and UL that will reflect this shared vision and impact our industry in a very profound and meaningful way.”

“Additionally, through this partnership, we seek to educate those who inspect the facilities of dietary supplement manufacturers so we can demonstrate transparency in how auditors are qualified and provide consistency in the certifying process to elevate the standard for the entire industry. A GMP education system for third-party certifiers and auditors has never been done before.”

“NPA brings a level of regulatory expertise in Dr. Fabricant and Dr. Corey Hilmas that is unmatched in the dietary supplement industry, and UL is very pleased to be partnering with them in this new endeavor. Through this alliance, the industry and consumers will undoubtedly be better served,” said Mike O’Hara, general manager of Global Nutraceuticals for UL. “The UL educational library includes courses that can be part of a company’s learning and compliance culture. The end result is a more knowledgeable, productive and effective organization that delivers bottom-line improvements through improved manufacturing quality and compliance with regulatory requirements.”


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