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NDI III: Roadmap for a Viable NDI Policy

UNPA announces ‘NDI III: Roadmap for a Viable NDI Policy’ for Feb. 9 in Salt Lake City

After all of the reading, review and research, the 2016 NDI guidance comments are in. But what should industry do about serious technical issues and product categories? What can it expect from the incoming administration and FDA? This one-day conference in Salt Lake City will provide actionable updates on the final piece of the DSHEA regulatory legacy:

  • NDI guidance comments
  • Industry’s place in the new administration
  • FDA’s 2017 enforcement priorities
  • Key technical issues, including synthetic botanicals, nanotechnology, probiotics and more
  • The old dietary ingredients list
  • A go-forward action plan


2016: The year of the hammer and squeeze

Industry should set a course that strengthens systems, quality and rigor

By Loren Israelsen, President, UNPA

2016 felt like the year of hammer blows and the squeeze play, with the finale the unpredicted win of Donald Trump as president. I count myself among those who close this year pondering the state of affairs globally, nationally and personally.

A number of historians have noted that the changes we see in national opinion, the break up of historic alliances and the flows of displaced peoples and disruptions this creates are well-known patterns. We feel these same forces within our own industry. At its heart, we appear to be in the midst of a great Squeeze. This Squeeze is the flight of stability, a sense of prospects and opportunity of the “middle class” of our industry, who are the rank-and-file ingredient supplier, contract manufacturer and small retailer. Like elsewhere, many have a sinking feeling, while a few are doing spectacularly well. This middle part of our industry is the ballast of the boat and the gyroscope that keeps us balanced. As they are the center point between the consumer and the origin of ingredients, they are feeling the pressures of lower consumer prices but rising costs to meet GMP, quality and global-supply standards.

And then there is the Hammer.  CONTINUE →

UNPA announces former FDA investigator Larisa Pavlick as its new VP, Regulatory & Compliance

Appointment to enhance organization’s quality assurance and education initiatives

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 14, 2016) — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Larisa Pavlick to the newly created position of Vice President, Regulatory & Compliance.

In her new position, Pavlick will oversee and lead the association’s efforts to assist its members and the industry comply with dietary supplement good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations and assist in its overall regulatory affairs initiatives involving FDA, the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and others state and federal agencies.

“Larisa’s appointment greatly strengthens our ability to fulfill UNPA’s goal of ensuring safety, science, quality and consumer confidence in the dietary supplement marketplace,” said UNPA President Loren Israelsen. CONTINUE →


NDIs—Is everything old new again?

By Loren Israelsen, President, UNPA

On August 11, 2016, the FDA published its latest revised Draft NDI Guidance, which the agency notes is an expanded and clarified version of its 2011 Draft NDI Guidance. The FDA also notes that the dietary supplement industry’s comments and objections have been considered and taken into account.

But, in fact, we have been presented a document that envisions a dietary supplement world quite different from the one we currently live in.

How did we get here? Let’s set the stage for the 22-year saga of NDIs. It is summer 1994. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) has exploded into a heated public and congressional debate. The House and Senate negotiators (senior staff of the Hatch, Harkin, Kennedy, Dingell, Waxman and Richardson offices), together with a small group of industry leaders, are grinding out a final set of issues in hopes of reaching a compromise bill capable of passage by late October.

The stickiest of sticking points was the question of safety, and rightly so. What standard should apply, and would it apply to all dietary ingredients and dietary supplements, or just some? CONTINUE →

UNPA releases Arizona State Economic Report

The Grand Canyon State is an emerging powerhouse in the natural health products industry, and sales are expected to reach $3.72 billion by 2020. A downloadable fact sheet is now available!



UNPA is currently updating its Utah Dietary Supplement Directory, a fact-filled resource for anyone interested in the DS industry in Utah, widely considered the epicenter of DS manufacturing. Available Fall 2016.

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