The Natural Products Association will host the 16th Annual Natural Products Day in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Natural Products Day offers an opportunity for NPA members and others in the industry to meet with members of Congress. Attendees will visit congressional offices and talk to senators, representatives and their staffs about legislation and regulatory activity that impacts the natural products industry. Learn more at www.NPAinfo.org/NPD13.
“This is a crucial time to educate new members of Congress and ensure that harmful legislation does not gain a foothold in the 113th Congress,” said John Shaw, NPA executive director and CEO. “Natural Products Day connects industry stakeholders in one unified advocacy event, speaking out for the rights of those who make, use and sell natural products. NPA anticipates many legislative and regulatory challenges for our industry in 2013. This advocacy day lets us bring our thoughts and concerns directly to policymakers.”
Natural Products Day helps maintain and increase support on Capitol Hill by informing members of Congress about legislation that will be introduced in the next Congress. This includes the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, which would help get dangerous products off the market, and the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act, which would allow consumers to buy dietary supplements using their Flexible Savings Account and Health Savings Account dollars.
This annual event hosts retailers, suppliers and supporters who participate in meetings at congressional offices. There is no registration cost to attendees and all meetings are prearranged by NPA. The day begins with a morning session led by association and government relations experts who discuss effective ways to communicate with legislators and provide updates on key legislation and regulations. Following afternoon appointments, NPA hosts a reception honoring NPA Congressional Champions—senators and representatives who work hard to support initiatives important to the industry.