WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association last week announced it will host its 15th Annual Natural Products Day to help educate policy-makers on the value of dietary supplements here on March 27.
The day begins with an issue briefing and advocacy training so attendees learn how they can participate in the policy-making process and advocate for their interests. Afterwards, pre-arranged meetings at congressional offices offer the chance to talk to senators, representatives and their staffs about key legislation and regulatory activities.
There is no charge to attend the event.
Specifically, NPA will be working to educate members of Congress about the potential impact of the draft new drug ingredients guidance. NPA has called for a substantial rewrite of the draft guidance that is consistent with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
In addition, NPA encourages congressional support for the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act, which would allow Health and Flexible Spending Account dollars to be used for supplements and meal replacement products. NPA opposes the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, which would add unnecessary regulations on supplements that could limit their availability to consumers.
“It’s especially important this year to educate the public and Congress about the implications of the draft NDI guidance and proposed legislation. Attending Natural Products Day is a great way to make sure that policy-makers hear our strong, united voice,” stated NPA president Jeff Wright. “We are seeing growing concern in Congress about potential overreach by federal regulators, including the FDA. This is the time for us to seek more support for our industry.”