NPA, UL Join to Offer Education to NPA Members

Members of the Natural Products Association (NPA), a trade organization representing natural products, will get increased educational opportunities due to a new partnership with UL, a global independent safety science company.

WASHINGTON—Members of the Natural Products Association (NPA), a trade organization representing natural products, will get increased educational opportunities due to a new partnership with UL, a global independent safety science company.

The new education partnership will provide online and in-person education that incorporates NPA’s regulatory and compliance seminars, web-based education and personalized, on-site training, along with top-notch training modules from EduNeering, the online regulatory training division of UL. The education opportunities are designed to better inform dietary supplement manufacturers, distributors, auditors, retailers and other industry stakeholders on a variety of vital issues via various training platforms.

These training platforms include:

  • How to Prepare for a current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Inspection
  • How to Prepare for a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Audit
  • cGMPs for Manufacturing Plants and Equipment
  • cGMP Requirements for Quality Control
  • Introduction to Part 111 cGMPs
  • Packaging, Labeling, Holding and Distribution
  • Production and Process Control System for Manufacturing Operations
  • Dietary Supplements–Requirements for Records and Recordkeeping
  • How to Write and Qualify Claims as Structure/Function Claims
  • How to Write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Label/Labeling Requirements
  • Prior Notice and Labeling Requirements for Imports

NPA CEO Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., said NPA anticipates this to be the one program the industry can turn to for dietary supplement education. “Additionally, through this partnership, we seek to educate those who inspect the facilities of dietary supplement manufacturers so we can demonstrate transparency in how auditors are qualified and provide consistency in the certifying process to elevate the standard for the entire industry," he said. “A GMP education system for third-party certifiers and auditors has never been done before."

Mike O’Hara, general manager of global nutraceuticals for UL, added, “Through this alliance, the industry and consumers will undoubtedly be better served. The UL educational library includes courses that can be part of a company’s learning and compliance culture. The end result is a more knowledgeable, productive and effective organization that delivers bottom-line improvements through improved manufacturing quality and compliance with regulatory requirements."

Information & Insights, a division of UL recently launched UL ClearView, an online platform designed to help supplement manufacturers demonstrate their quality programs to retail buyers. 

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