NPA Promotes Regulatory Experts

July 9, 2012

The promotions are inline with what the association says are efforts to expand its regulatory and government affairs activities.

The Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) has promoted two of its senior advocacy staff members: Cara Welch, PhD, and Elizabeth Hurst. The promotions are inline with what the association says are efforts to expand its regulatory and government affairs activities.

Welch, who is also an editorial advisory board member for Nutritional Outlook, was promoted to senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, while Hurst was promoted to director of government relations. Additionally, Meg Mader was promoted to director of marketing.

As senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, Welch oversees NPA’s quality assurance programs, including the NPA Natural Seal and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification for dietary supplements programs. She also continues to help association members implement policies in response to government initiatives; advise members of regulatory, safety, and health and nutrition issues; and work with officials from FDA and other regulatory agencies affecting the natural products industry.

As director of government relations, Hurst will monitor state and local policy proposals; help direct government relations activity at the state and federal level; and advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of NPA members.