AHPA Chief Science Officer moderates panel on product integrity at GRMA Summit

Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D., was joined by AHPA members for a panel discussion on developing and validating scientifically valid methods for product integrity

December 22, 2023

From left: Jason Stine (ANSI National Accreditation Board), Mohamed Koroma (Pharmavite), Cris Amarillas (Eurofins), Constance Bahr (AOAC International), Elan Sudberg (Alkemist Labs), and Holly E. Johnson (AHPA)

As part of the American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA's) work to advance standards development for the dietary supplement and natural product industries, AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D., presented at the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) Summit, December 5-8, 2023, in Boca Raton, FL. The annual event brings together industry leaders and subject matter experts to collaborate and share knowledge around best practices, cutting edge tools, and the latest news within quality and regulatory compliance.

Dr. Haijing Hu (FDA ODSP)

At the summit, Dr. Johnson moderated a panel titled, “Product Integrity – Addressing Method Suitability Details,” featuring AHPA members Elan Sudberg (Alkemist Labs), Cris Amarillas (Eurofins), Mohamed Koroma (Pharmavite), and Constance Bahr (AOAC International), as well as Jason Stine (ANSI National Accreditation Board). The discussion focused on developing and validating scientifically valid methods for product integrity.

The event also featured a keynote address with updates on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory policies and enforcement actions regarding dietary supplements by Haijing Hu, Ph.D., Director, Regulatory and Implementation Staff, FDA Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP), as well as discussions on Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) and botanical issues. Mohamed Koroma, Director of R&D at Pharmavite, was honored as the 2023 GRMA Champion for his exceptional dedication and thought leadership within the Product Integrity Committee (PIC).

“It was an honor to participate in the annual summit alongside my expert colleagues and to contribute to the incredible work by GRMA,” said Dr. Johnson. “On behalf of AHPA, I am also pleased to extend our congratulations to Mohamed Koroma of Pharmavite for receiving the much-deserved GRMA Champion award.”

From left: Dr. Johnson with 2023 GRMA Champion Mohamed Koroma (Pharmavite) and Allyn Shultis (GRMA)

GRMA is a nonprofit, independent Certification Program Owner (CPO) that is member-driven and develops standards for the health and wellness category, including dietary supplements, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, and consumer products. GRMA members are manufacturers, retailers, certification bodies, associations, and others within the industry.

Dr. Johnson (second from right) with AHPA members (from left): Viny Srinivasan (Unilever), Elan Sudberg (Alkemist Labs), and Mark Jost (Gemini Pharmaceuticals)

Dr. Johnson (center) with AHPA members (from left): Mohamed Koroma (Pharmavite), Constance Bahr (AOAC International), Elan Sudberg (Alkemist Labs), and Cris Amarillas (Eurofins) at The Nak Kava Bar




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