Get Inspection-Ready With Natural Products Association's FDA GMP Course

The association offers an advanced course on the final FDA GMP rule for dietary supplements in conjunction with several industry trade shows.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 21, 2010) -- To help professionals in the natural products industry understand the requirements, address compliance to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) good manufacturing practices rule (GMPs), and prepare for regulatory inspections, Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, announces its schedule of GMP certification seminars, held in conjunction with in conjunction with five industry trade shows and conventions around the country. The first session will be held March 11-12 at the Expo West trade show in Anaheim, Calif.

More than 1,000 industry representatives from more than 800 companies have attended this popular and informative one-and-a-half-day educational seminar, exploring the challenges of the regulation and gaining valuable insight on addressing compliance to FDA GMPs.

NPA is the leader in GMP certification and was the first industry entity to offer a GMP education and certification program. The association has been offering both certification and education for over 10 years, having launched the industry’s first GMP third-party certification program in 1999.

This advance-level course provides over 12 hours in GMP coursework and is an invaluable resource for anyone whose job responsibility requires a comprehensive understanding of the FDA GMP rule for dietary supplements, including management, and regulatory affairs, quality control and assurance, production and laboratory personnel.

Seminar presenters include Cindy Beehner, president, QDS Consulting, Aaron Secrist, president, Quality By Design Consulting Group, and NPA staff, and bring over 40 years combined experience in addressing FDA regulations, especially in the area of good manufacturing practices and dietary supplements. The seminar agenda will include an overview of the rule, a comprehensive discussion of specific FDA GMP requirements, and tips and guidance on ensuring one’s business is ready for FDA visits and inspections.

The FDA is conducting GMP inspections for companies with more than 20 full-time employees and will begin GMP inspections for smaller companies beginning July 2010. At that point, all companies involved with the manufacturing, packaging, labeling and distribution of dietary supplements will be covered by 21 CFR 111.

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The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The Natural Products Association represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the Natural Products Association's mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products.


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