DSHEA co-author Scott Bass, attorney at Sidley Austin, says a legally required product registry for the supplement industry is good for business, government and consumers.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

December 7, 2018

Voluntary supplement product registries, such as the Supplement OWL, are great for the industry, but they aren’t enough to allow FDA to reduce the amount of illegal ingredients on the market. The solution, according to attorney Scott Bass, partner, Sidley Austin, is a legally mandated product registry.

Some argue this step involves too much government intervention, but industry veteran Bass contested that the industry may not have a choice. He sees the legal requirement as inevitable, and it’s best if the industry work with FDA from the start to ensure the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) isn’t violated.

In this podcast, Bass discusses how industry can best shape a mandatory product registry with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. He addresses:

  • The reason he thinks that Congress will soon mandate a supplement registry

  • Why a legal registry a good think for the industry, the government and consumers

  • How the industry can work with allies, including FDA, to ensure the registry isn’t accompanied by threats to DSHEA


This podcast was recorded at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) annual conference in Dana Point, California, in October 2018.

Got feedback? Email Sandy at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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