The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) established a strong regulatory foundation for the dietary supplement industry, but the legislation did not address FDA’s inability to see into the marketplace. Today, the agency is unable to see how many products are on the market, how many products contain a single ingredient, and it lacks the visibility necessary to allocate resources effectively. During this session, attendees will learn how a mandatory product listing can shine a light on industry and promote increased transparency and accountability for the benefit of FDA, retailers, and ultimately consumers. Ms. Gustafson will describe what a mandatory product listing could entail for companies; discuss its role in addressing dietary supplement safety concerns; address criticism from the opposition; and present considerations for legislation. Attendees will gain further insight into how a mandatory product listing can contribute to creating a stronger and safer dietary supplement industry.
Julia Gustafson, vice president, government relations, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
A Capitol Hill veteran, Julia serves as the primary liaison between CRN and elected officials in Washington, DC. Her policy experience includes serving as a Legislative Director in the House of Representatives and as Committee Staff in the Senate. During that time, Ms. Gustafson drafted and oversaw development of dozens of laws, including bills that authorized programs critical to CRN and its members. Ms. Gustafson has also worked for other industry trade associations in Washington, as well as advised Fortune 100 companies on legislative strategy and political advocacy. A licensed attorney, she attended the University of Georgia, Oxford University, and the University of Montana School of Law. An avid Washington Nationals and Georgia Bulldogs fan, Ms. Gustafson lives in Washington, DC. She volunteers with local animal rescue organizations and serves on the Board of her local neighborhood association.