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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

AHPA Regulatory Congress

Start Date: 11/14/2023 9:00 AM PST
End Date: 11/17/2023 3:15 PM PST

Venue Name: VIRTUAL

Organization Name: AHPA

Alexis Durham
Email: adurham@ahpa.org
Phone: (301) 588-1171 x109

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The AHPA Regulatory Congress is a one-stop forum for the latest information and guidance on matters impacting the regulation of dietary supplements and natural products in the United States.

The 2023 program will be headlined with updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP), featuring ODSP Director Cara Welch, Ph.D., and ODSP Deputy Director Hellen Oketch-Rabah, Ph.D.

Additional expert presentations and panel discussions will cover timely and relevant topics -- including:

  • Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA)

  • Strengthening Organic Enforcement

  • Dietary supplement claims

  • Medicinal mushrooms and functional fungi

Explore and download the agenda below.


Tuesday, November 14 · 9:05am PT / 12:05pm ET

This year, following recommendations from the Reagan-Udall Foundation evaluation of the agency’s human foods program, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed reorganization to strengthen its food regulatory role. Under the proposed organizational structure, the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP) would move to the new Office of Food Chemical Safety, Dietary Supplements and Innovation. In this opening session, ODSP Director Cara Welch, Ph.D., and ODSP Deputy Director Hellen Oketch-Rabah, Ph.D., will share updates on the reorganization and how these changes may impact the dietary supplement industry.


  • Cara Welch (FDA ODSP)

  • Hellen Oketch-Rabah (FDA ODSP)

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Tuesday, November 14 · 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) is the most significant update to federal cosmetics law in over 80 years. Part of this law requires that the FDA develop good manufacturing practices (GMP) regulations for facilities that manufacture or process cosmetic products that are distributed in the United States. Recently, the standards-writing body NSF suggested that FDA adopt NSF/ANSI 455-3, the American National Standard for Good Manufacturing Processes for Cosmetics. In this session moderated by Katie Banaszewski (NOW Foods), Brandi Reinbold (NSF) will discuss the new requirements and existing standards. In addition, Rick Kingston, PharmD (SafetyCall International) will speak on cosmetic adverse events and safety substantiation, and Robert Marriott (AHPA), will break down the recent draft guidance on facility and product registration.


  • Katie Banaszewski (NOW Foods) – Moderator

  • Rick Kingston (SafetyCall International)

  • Robert Marriott (AHPA)

  • Brandi Reinbold (NSF)

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Tuesday, November 14 · 11:15am PT / 2:15pm ET

In January, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Organic Program (NOP) announced the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) final rule. The most significant update to organic regulations in over 30 years, this rulemaking will strengthen the oversight of production, handling, and sale of organic products. This session will dive into USDA’s perspective on these changes and feature discussion of effective organic fraud prevention plans, compliance practices, and practical application of the new regulations. Moderator Genevieve Albers (Traditional Medicinals) will be joined by speakers Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D. (USDA NOP), Gwendolyn Wyard (Strengthening Organic Systems), and Johanna Phillips (Ecocert USA).


  • Genevieve Albers (Traditional Medicinals) – Moderator

  • Johanna Phillips (Ecocert USA)

  • Jennifer Tucker (USDA NOP)

  • Gwendolyn Wyard (Strengthening Organic Systems)

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Tuesday, November 14 · 12:40pm PT / 3:40pm ET

In the first update to dietary supplement advertising guidance since 1998, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its Health Products Compliance Guidance in December 2022. Then, in April 2023, FTC sent out a mass notice of penalty offenses to almost 700 companies that market dietary supplements, OTC drugs, homeopathic products, and functional foods, referring to the guidance and warning that the agency could pursue civil penalties for companies that did not substantiate their claims. Moderated by Asa Waldstein (Supplement Advisory Group), this session will feature discussion of the new guidance, the notices, and the impact of both, as well as adequate claim substantiation with expert input from Rend Al-Mondhiry (Amin Talati Wasserman), William Rowe (SGS Nutrasource), and Eric Unis (BBB National Programs - National Advertising Division). Ricardo Carvajal (Hyman, Phelps & McNamara) will also review current trends in litigation.


  • Asa Waldstein (Supplement Advisory Group) – Moderator

  • Rend Al-Mondhiry (Amin Talati Wasserman)

  • Ricardo Carvajal (Hyman, Phelps & McNamara)

  • William Rowe (SGS Nutrasource)

  • Eric Unis (BBB National Programs - National Advertising Division)

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Tuesday, November 14 · 1:55pm PT / 4:55pm ET

From coffee to burgers and dietary supplements to skincare, medicinal mushroom and functional fungi products are booming. The diversity of products available has prompted robust discussion around industry best practices. In this session, Scott Dicker (SPINS) will provide a financial update on this fast-growing sector, while Michael McGuffin (AHPA) will discuss product labeling. In addition, Anthony Fontana, Ph.D. (Alkemist Labs) will review proper analytical tools, while Andrew Kline (Perkins Coie), will present an update on psychedelics and how they are regulated globally.


  • Will Woodlee (Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker; AHPA General Counsel) – Moderator

  • Scott Dicker (SPINS)

  • Anthony Fontana (Alkemist Labs)

  • Andrew Kline (Perkins Coie)

  • Michael McGuffin (AHPA)

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AHPA Members: $499

Non-Members: $625

  • Can’t attend live? Session recordings and materials will be available on-demand following the live event. Don’t miss out!

  • Group registration discounts for two (2) or more attendees from the same organization available. Contact Alexis Durham at adurham@ahpa.org for more details.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 11/17/2023 8:00 AM

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