FDA's Cara Welch and four other experts will discuss regulatory issues facing the dietary supplement industry at SupplySide East.

Josh Long, Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider

April 7, 2023

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Whether the conversation is about FDA’s proposal for mandatory product listing (MPL), creating a pathway to market for CBD or adopting broader reforms for how dietary supplements are regulated, the industry is faced with plenty of divisive policy issues today.

On Tuesday, April 18, at SupplySide East in Secaucus, New Jersey, I have the pleasure of moderating a panel that comprises five regulatory and legal experts, including the head of FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, Cara Welch, Ph.D.

Other speakers include naturopathic doctor Duffy MacKay of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and lawyers Megan Olsen of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Rend Al-Mondhiry of Amin Talati Wasserman LLP and Kevin Bell of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, who also is outside counsel to the Natural Products Association (NPA).

Here’s the format for the one-hour discussion.

I’ll present a few slides from a 2023 regulatory survey that was a project of SupplySide and Natural Products Insider, conducted in collaboration with New Hope Networks’ NEXT custom research team. The results include awareness and support of MPL, legislative priorities for the industry and how stakeholders feel about FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Next, I’ll turn it over to Dr. Welch for a short presentation, followed by comments and analysis from our other speakers who are deeply entrenched in regulatory issues.

The second half of the hour will be devoted to answering questions from the audience. I’m happy to hand over the mic if you have a question for Dr. Welch or our other experts.

Just be sure to show up for the event. I look forward to seeing you there.


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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