AHPA to Host One-Day Training on Filing NDI Comments


The event will take place Thursday, September 8, 2011, in downtown Chicago.

Source: The American Herbal Products Association

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is pleased to announce the "AHPA Congress on New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs): Crafting an Industry Response & Filing Successful Notifications," a one-day intensive to help herbal and dietary supplement companies take the next step in responding to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) draft guidance on NDIs and to develop and submit NDI notifications for numerous product categories.

This highly interactive educational gathering will take place Thursday, September 8, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., at the Mesirow Financial corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago.

"Based on member and industry feedback, there are still numerous questions about FDA's NDI guidance and the industry comment process," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "Additionally, there is a clear need for hands-on instruction on how to file NDI notifications. This AHPA event will fill these information voids to benefit the entire industry."

The AHPA Congress on NDIs will sift through the clutter, the hype and unanswered questions on NDIs to provide clarity and help industry companies answer the following questions:

  • How would the FDA draft guidance on NDIs--if it is not amended--affect your business and the kind of products that you sell? 

  • What specific sections of FDA's draft need to change to protect consumer access to a broad range of supplements? 

  • Should your company file comments to try to change the FDA draft guidance? 

  • What should your comments--and those from AHPA--tell FDA? 

  • Do you need to file NDIs for your particular class of ingredients and/or products? 

  • Exactly how do you do that? 

The AHPA Congress on NDIs is geared to all companies that rely on new products and product innovation and whose products fall under the regulatory framework created by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). 

Click HERE to register. 

The AHPA Congress on NDIs is generously supported by:

  • Amin Talati LLC 

  • CANTOX, an InterTek Company 

  • Collins, McDonald & Gann PC 

  • Grifcon Enterprises 

  • Mesirow Financial 

  • NSF-DBA 

  • Spherix Inc. 

Session 1: Crafting an Industry Response to the NDI Guidance

McGuffin--widely considered to be one of the industry's leading experts on NDIs--will moderate this town-hall-style discussion on the development of industry's comments regarding the draft NDI guidance. Participants will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and positions and have them discussed among a panel of attorneys recognized as NDI experts, including:

  • Anthony Young, Esq., AHPA General Counsel and Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker 

  • Alan Feldstein, Esq., Counsel, Collins, McDonald & Gann 

  • Jim Prochnow, Esq., Partner, GreenbergTraurig (invited) 

  • Ashish Talati, Esq., Partner, Amin Talati

Session 2: Filing Successful NDI Notifications

The afternoon session features preeminent companies with real-world experience in creating high-caliber, successful NDI submissions. The presenters will deliver practical, hands-on information and advice on the necessary steps needed to develop and submit NDI notifications for numerous product categories.

Hear from:

  • CANTOX, an InterTek Company 

  • NSF-DBA 

  • Spherix Inc. 

The Program - Thursday, September 8, 2011

8 - 9 a.m. - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Session 1

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch, provided by Grifcon Enterprises

1:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Session 2

5:30 p.m. - Adjournment

Event Registration

Attendance is limited to 100 participants. Early registration is suggested.Click HERE to register.

Conference Location & Lodging Information

The AHPA NDI Congress will be held at the Mesirow Financial corporate headquarters, 353 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. 

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/River North for the night of September 7 at a special rate of $159 on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations at the discounted price, contact Liz Rejniak, Gray's Travel Management, via phone: 800.966.8728, or email. Mention the "AHPA-Mesirow Congress" to receive this discount. Please do not contact the hotel directly. 

Other nearby hotels:

Westin Chicago River North



SpringHill Suites Chicago



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