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Registration now open: UNPA's PCQI Training

June 5-7 | Lehi, Utah
Why choose UNPA's PCQI training?

Unlike many other PCQI courses being offered to the natural health products industry, UNPA's PCQI training features:
  • New, lower pricing!
  • Instructors that have worked for FDA and bring years of experience to the trainings 
  • Proprietary dietary supplement-specific food safety plan samples
  • Optional, no-charge, 2-hour “application session” to help attendees better apply the training learnings to their day-to-day work

$895 UNPA members & MOU Partners

$1,095 Non-Members

Visit the UNPA Events page for more details and to register.

U.S. consumer perceptions about supplements are mixed, but it’s still a call to action

By Rick Polito, Editor-in-Chief, Nutrition Business Journal (From the UNPA Asia Report, 3Q17, as published in Asiaceutical Insights

Trust is a block, even a cornerstone, in the foundation of any industry. In supplements, it is the foundation. 

That foundation, Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) consumer research suggests, has some cracks. Whether they spread, or the mortar weakens, becomes the biggest shadow darkening the industry today. How that foundation can be strengthened becomes the biggest question.

But the troubling nature of the results cannot be questioned at all.

NBJ and New Hope Network surveyed 500 people. Among the most troubling responses for supplements was the category’s “trust” ranking among various industries and professions. The question was posed as, “How trustworthy are the following industries or institutions?” Supplements did not fare well. CONTINUE →

Who’s your PCQI?


By Loren Israelsen, President, United Natural Products Alliance

If I were to ask, “Who is your PCQI?” (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual), there would be three typical responses:

1. What is PCQI?
2. I don’t know; I’ll ask around and get back to you.
3. Yes, we do have a PCQI (BTW: PCQI is a person, not a thing!).

If an FDA investigator or a major customer were to ask this question of you or your staff, then what? I confess, it took me a while to get the acronym and the concept of PCQI straight in my head, so if that is your situation, you are not alone.

What’s a PCQI?

So, what (remember, it is a “who”) is PCQI?

Preventive Controls for Human Foods is one of seven provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSMA aims to “ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”  CONTINUE →



in the 4Q17 ISSUE of Asiaceutical Insights

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Larisa Pavlick, UNPA's VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance, discusses the upcoming FSVP training, Feb. 28-March 1, in Sandy, Utah.




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New Prop 65 Insurance Coverage

Announcing new Prop 65 insurance coverage for dietary supplements from LifeScienceRisk, a UNPA member. Unlike previous coverage, this is a stand-alone policy that was developed after a careful review of Prop 65 claims and cost of administrative defense and settlements.



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 Summer 2017.

Best-in-class liability insurance for best-in-class companies

UNPA is pleased to partner with RT Specialty to offer Platinum Program Product Liability Insurance that offers higher limits and lower premiums for companies that qualify.