Questions for Daniel Fabricant

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., will be giving insights on FDA and the supplement industry at a talk at Ingredient Marketplace. I have a few questions. What are yours?

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

May 19, 2014

2 Min Read
Questions for Daniel Fabricant

Daniel Fabricant’s move back to the supplement industry has created quite a stir.

After a three-year stint as the director of FDA’s division of dietary supplements, Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., recently rejoined the Natural Products Association (NPA) as its CEO. And people have questions.

Here are a few of mine:

  • What insights can Fabricant provide to us now that he’s on “our side" again?

  • What’s in the next draft guidance on new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications? I’m sure Fabricant has a sneak peek at the working draft.

  • While he was at FDA, how much say did he have in the agency’s direction, how much came from the Department of Health and Human Services and how much from the White House? This could help us predict if the new leader (once FDA finds a permanent replacement) will shift FDA’s focus.

I hope Fabricant will address these questions at Ingredient Marketplace, a SupplySide event, where he is giving his first presentation to industry since his return to NPA. In the presentation, “There & Back Again," Fabricant will give insights into going from NPA to FDA and back to NPA (he was vice president of global government and scientific affairs for NPA before he led FDA’s supplement division). He’ll give his view on what’s to come for industry and how industry can achieve its objectives.

What questions would you like Fabricant to answer? Send them to me ([email protected]) or leave them in the comments below. I happen to have an in with the event organizers, and perhaps we can get Fabricant to answer our questions. (Full disclosure: Ingredient Marketplace is hosted by VIRGO, which also publishes INSIDER.)

Be sure to register for Ingredient Marketplace and join me in New York on June 2 and 3. Fabricant’s presentation will be on Tuesday, June 3, at 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Trends In stage (on the show floor), and is open to everyone who attends.

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

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  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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