The Natural Products Association (NPA) will offer several industry education sessions and NPA membership events during NPA MarketPlace 2012, coproduced with New Hope Natural Media. NPA’s sessions will focus on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements for dietary supplement makers, plus the value of Natural Seal certification for makers and sellers of personal care and home care products. Find out more at NPAMarketPlace.com.
NPA MarketPlace offers an excellent opportunity to learn about new products, connect with more than 5,000 industry colleagues, and take advantage of top tier education sessions. Plan to attend June 14-16 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more about attending and badge registration at NPAMarketPlace.com; use code ENPA to register. NPA-qualified retail buyers receive special pricing to attend. NPA member suppliers interested in exhibiting also enjoy discount pricing.
Highlighted NPA activities at NPA MarketPlace include:
Newly-updated:“What You Need to Know: How the FDA GMP Rule for Dietary Supplements Applies to You,” June 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. & June 14, 8 a.m. – noon, room 205. GMP Labeling Seminar, June 14, 1 – 5 p.m., room 205.The newly-revised program now includes issues identified in recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections and warning letters; examples and case studies illustrating real-life GMP issues and scenarios; and an overview of industry business models and their respective GMP responsibilities. More info and registration at www.NPAinfo.org/GMP.
Hot topic: “What Does Natural Mean? The Natural Seal Explained,” June 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., room 104. The term “natural” is used loosely on all sorts of products but only a select few products have met the criteria for certification through the NPA Natural Seal program. Get the facts about how the Natural Seal supports consumer choice and retailer success. Also, stop by NPA booth #622 to pick up a list of certified products and learn about the standards for NPA-certified products and ingredients.
Hot topic: “The New NDI Guidance: What Supplement Retailers Need to Know,” June 15, 8 – 9 a.m., Marco Polo Ballroom. Understand the scope, current thinking, latest actions and possible impact of the FDA's draft New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) guidance of 2011 on retailers, including its effect on supplement innovation, pricing and enforcement, as well as GMPs and other issues affecting market credibility, product quality and future growth. This expert panel is comprised of Dr. Daniel Fabricant from the FDA's Center for Food Safety, Dr. Cara Welch from the NPA and Tom Sokoloff from Paradise Health and Nutrition.
Must visit: NPA Booth #622.Be sure to drop by NPA’s booth #622 in the exhibit hall for these great opportunities:
- New event: “Ask the Scientist,” June 15-16, 12 – 1 p.m. Stop by and chat with Dr. Cara Welch, NPA’s vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. Dr. Welch can answer all your technical questions, including those about the NPA Natural Seal certification program: how a product qualifies, what ingredients are allowed, and what ingredients are prohibited.
- New benefits: NPA Membership. Kapatoes Insurance Solutions now provides property and liability insurance, workers’ compensation, automobile and umbrella insurance, coverage for privately labeled products, and other unique insurance options to NPA retail members. In addition, Assurance Agency now offers quality health insurance options at discounted rates to NPA members that have as few as one employee.
- Certified corner: Natural Seal Products.The NPA booth will display some of the many products that have been certified as truly natural through the NPA Natural Seal program. ·
- Celebrate: NPA Annual Business Meeting & Awards Presentation, June 16, 10 a.m., Marco Polo Ballroom.NPA will present the 19th Annual NPA Awards honoring industry pioneers and leaders for their accomplishments in science, the environment, advocacy, social responsibility, and the industry at large. Join us in celebrating their achievements.
Other NPA events include:
NPA Supplier Town Hall, June 14, 11:30 a.m., room 202.Get answers to supplier-focused questions from NPA leadership.
President’s Reception Address with Congressman Frank Pallone, June 15, 5 p.m., Marco Polo Ballroom. Hear from this Congressional leader about legislative and regulatory challenges to the industry. Then, stick around for a cocktail and a bite to eat and unwind with your fellow colleagues and friends.
NPA Retail Town Hall, June 16, 9 a.m., room 205. Retailers get answers to their questions during Q&A with NPA leaders.