CHPA’s first-ever virtual regulatory conference to be held this September

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WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) will hold its 2020 Regulatory, Scientific & Quality (RSQ) Conference virtually, for the first time ever, Tuesday, September 1, through Thursday, September 3. Using a dynamic virtual platform, attendees will hear distinguished speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), academia, and industry. In addition to the live program, RSQ will offer attendees networking opportunities and on-demand content.

CHPA’s annual event brings together an array of highly respected experts to discuss timely regulatory, scientific, legal, and product quality topics affecting the consumer healthcare products industry. This year’s program will cover the impact of COVID-19 on the over-the-counter industry, as well as other major trends and emerging issues. Importantly, to reflect CHPA’s increased focus on dietary supplements, and expansion into consumer medical devices, additional content covering hot topics in the dietary supplement space, a panel discussion on the future of dietary supplements, and a session on medical device technology and regulation, will be made available to participants. RSQ will feature multiple on-demand panels discussing some of the most crucial issues facing dietary supplements – from CBD regulation to advancing the quality and safety of all supplement products.

This year’s virtual RSQ will reach all new audiences because of its convenient format and will feature an impressive line-up of speakers from FDA and FTC:

• Lucinda Buhse,  director of Office of Testing & Research, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA, will present on, “Creating Value Through Quality Metrics.” In this session, an interactive forum about quality metrics, attendees will learn how to leverage quality metrics as a tool for business growth, while also meeting GMP compliance requirements

• Dr. Linda Katz, director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, FDA, will lead the session, “Regulatory Perspective on Consumer Preferences & Perceptions,” discussing consumer desire for natural, free-of, organic and botanical ingredients and providing real-life examples and case studies to address current and future regulatory issues associated with these consumer expectations.

• Amanda  Pike-McCrudden, social science analyst in the Division of Nonprescription Drug Products I, Office of Drug Evaluation IV/Office of Nonprescription Drug Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA, will lead the session, “Enabling Consumer Decision Making in the Self-Care Environment.” This session will describe the role of behavioral sciences in informing more effective product communication to consumers through a discussion of concepts related to decision-making and health literacy.

• Richard Cleland, assistant director, Advertising Practices, FTC, will speak on the panel, “Staying Smart in a Smart World.” With the evolution of artificial intelligence and devices everything is getting smarter. Nearly everyone knows that following FDA regulations and guidance is critical, but what about the other key regulator – the FTC – which plays a key role in oversight for this emerging and evolving category? In this session, attendees will hear about research, regulatory, and legal insights on how to effectively manage the benefits and risks of emerging digital technologies in this increasingly smart world while modernizing substantiation development and consumer engagement strategies related to consumer health.

A full list of speakers and an agenda can be found here. Click here for additional information or to register for the conference.



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