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SupplySide West Podcast 35: Supplement Regs 'Efficient if Applied and Enforced'

In this wide-ranging podcast interview, Jim Lassiter of Ingredient Identity, a regulatory management consulting firm, weighs in on dietary supplement regulations, the development of an authoritative list of old dietary ingredients and how the industry can speak with one voice.

In this wide-ranging podcast interview with Josh Long, INSIDER's legal editor, Jim Lassiter of Ingredient Identity, a regulatory management consulting firm, weighs in on:

•regulations under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and FDA’s enforcement of them;

•development of an authoritative list of old dietary ingredients in collaboration with FDA;

•a self-regulatory initiative spearheaded by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN); and

•the benefits and challenges of speaking with one voice as an industry.

Lassiter will be speaking on Tuesday, Sept. 26, during a workshop at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. The workshop “Regulators & The Regulated,” will explore the Trump administration's new FTC, lawsuits and investigations brought by state attorneys general, and the benefits of self-regulatory initiatives.

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 special 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, Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

Jim Lassiter

COO, REJIMUS

As chief operating officer, Jim Lassiter oversees all consulting operations at REJIMUS, formerly Ingredient Identity. He has more than four decades of experience in quality control (QC), and government and regulatory affairs throughout the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and natural product industries with organizations such as Nutrilite, Robinson Pharma, Irwin Naturals, Chromadex, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). A respected author and speaker, Lassiter has served on numerous industry and trade boards. 

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