FDA's Crawford To Keynote CRN Annual Conference On Dietary Supplements

-Other Program Elements Focus on Regulation, Legislation, Communications, Networking-

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2004 --Lester M. Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D., acting commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will be the keynote speaker at The Conference--the Council for Responsible Nutrition's (CRN) 2004 Annual Conference on Dietary Supplements, taking place Oct. 24-27 at the classic Lansdowne Resort just outside of Washington, D.C. This year, CRN is offering a full-day science workshop immediately following the conference as an "add-on" day, to be held in the same location on Oct. 28.

Dr. Crawford's keynote address, which will focus on FDA's perspective on the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) ten years after its passage, is one of several program components to take advantage of the conference's D.C. location.

The program draws on some of Washington's top experts to share insights with the dietary supplement industry on a range of topics covering regulation, legislation and communications. Some of the session highlights include: a lobbying roundtable to review potential legislative threats to the industry and offer advice on how to build better relationships with congressional offices; an insider's knowledge, backed by market research, data analysis and case studies, on the importance of--and ways to--actively manage the industry's image inside the Beltway; and panel discussions with leaders from FDA, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of Dietary Supplements.

In addition, The Conference brings outside expertise into the nation's capital with a session on an innovative model from Canada for regulating natural health products, including dietary supplements; a speaker on the controversy surrounding sports nutrition supplements; a poster session, sponsored by conference attendees, showcasing the latest scientific research; and a panel focusing on international issues.

The popular golf tournament will combine the challenge of a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course with the lush views of the Virginia countryside. Other social events, like a welcome reception and final night barbecue, also lend themselves to networking with colleagues and customers.

This year's conference registration provides additional value with a registration fee that includes deluxe resort accommodations and three daily meals at the resort. Discounts are offered for CRN member companies and early registrants.

The Lansdowne Resort is located less than an hour from Washington, D.C. and just minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport. An inspiring setting for productive meetings, the Lansdowne features an 18-hole Robert Trent Jr. golf course, a health club and spa, and expansive views of the Potomac River Valley's rolling hills.

The Conference is sponsored by: DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.; Pharmavite LLC; Archer Daniels Midland Company and the following Media Sponsors: New Hope Natural Media; NPI Center; Nutraceuticals World; Nutritional Outlook; Virgo Publishing.

For more details or to register for The Conference visit www.crnusa.org/CRNAC.html or call Verna Breland at 202-204-8001. Current list of speakers/sessions follows. For the most up-to-date list, visit www.crnusa.org/CRNAC.html

Speaker Highlights:

Keynote Address
DSHEA: Ten Years Later-FDA's Perspective
With Lester M. Crawford, D.V.M, Ph.D., Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner

New People, New Policies: Meet FDA's New Leaders
With Robert Brackett, Ph. D., Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
and Susan Walker, Ph.D., Director, Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, ONPLDS

The Benefits and Risks of Sports Nutrition Supplementation: Who Bears the Burden?
With Ron Maughan, BSc., Ph.D., Professor, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University

The Growing Role for the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
Paul Coates, Ph.D., ODS Director, and staff

Inside Washington, Around the Table
Featuring a discussion of legislative issues and advice from top DC lobbyists

Where Image is Everything: Lessons on Strategic Public Relations Management Inside the Beltway With Bart Moore, President, Atlantic Research

Canada: An Innovative Model for Regulating Natural Products
With Phil Waddington, N.D., Director General, Natural Health Products Directorate

Creating Momentum for Self-Regulation of Claims
With Michelle Rusk, Senior Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices and Richard Cleland, Assistant Director, Division of Advertising Practices, of the Federal Trade Commission, and Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices. For more information on CRN, visit http://www.crnusa.org

Judy Blatman
Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
Telephone: 202-204-7962

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