A comprehensive look into the health and nutrition legal and regulatory landscape - Video

From class action lawsuits to FTC scrutiny, the supplement sector continues to see plenty of regulatory and legal challenges. This three-hour session, with a panel of noted legal and regulatory experts, delves into many of these complicated and controversial issues, including FDA warning letters, Amazon quality problems and the regulation of ingredients like CBD/hemp and kratom.    Price: $59

Josh Long, Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider

June 28, 2024

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From relentless class action plaintiffs’ attorneys to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that is looking for new ways to impose hefty civil penalties for false advertising, the dietary supplement sector continues to face ample regulatory and legal challenges. Meanwhile, many stakeholders have shown increasing interest in legislation that would expand access to natural products, better protect their investments in ingredient innovation, and give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the resources and tools to effectively oversee the sprawling marketplace.   

Yes, these issues are complicated and controversial.   

This three-hour legal and regulatory video, focused on dietary supplement manufacturers and marketers, is intended to cover the whole gamut with 10 minutes devoted to each topic and select polling of the audience to lead the conversations with our panel of experts.   

Topics include:   

  • FTC substantiation notices.   

  • Trends in self-regulation of advertising.   

  • Class action litigation trends.   

  • Intellectual property updates.   

  • Amazon: Quality problems and the new “gatekeeper.”   

  • Hemp/CBD federal update.   

  • State-by-state cannabinoid regulations/laws.   

  • FDA warning letters.   

  • Kratom: The science and regulatory debate.   

  • Other trends in new dietary ingredient notifications (NDINs) to FDA.   

  • FDA and the drug exclusion clause.   

  • Health saving account (HSA)/flexible spending account (FSA) legislation.   

  • MPL (Mandatory product listing)/Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) reform.   

  • And more!   


  • Megan Olsen, senior vice president & general counsel, Council for Responsible Nutrition  

  • Steve Shapiro, of counsel, Rivkin Radler LLP  

  • Robert Durkin, partner & co-chair, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP,  

  • Bob Durkin, partner and co-chair, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP  

  • Rend Al-Mondhiry, partner, Amin Talati Wasserman LLP  

  • Rick Collins, Esq., founding partner, Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC  

  • Eric Unis, senior attorney, National Advertising Division, BBB National Programs Inc.  

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About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

Connect with Josh on LinkedIn and ping him with story ideas at [email protected]

Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year "Jake the Snake" Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Since the late 1990s, his articles have been published in a variety of media, including but not limited to, the Cape Cod Times (in Massachusetts), Sedona Red Rock News (in Arizona), Denver Post (in Colorado), Casper Star-Tribune (in Wyoming), now-defunct Jackson Hole Guide (in Wyoming), Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

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