Monday, November 8th, 2021 – (Times are Eastern)       

1 – 2:00 pm   Welcome & GRMA Address Mike Finamore (Board Chair, GRMA & CEO, Gemini Pharmaceuticals), Allyn Shultis (Executive Director, GRMA), and Jake Lewin (CEO, Intact US)

The GRMA will provide an update of key organizational activities and member benefits including

  • Tech Committee
  • CBD Taskforce
  • Dietary Supplement Product Integrity
  • Intact US/GRMAuditsphere

2:00 – 2:50 pm  Managing claims in the age of social mediaNeshat Soofi, President, JIT Experts Hive

In today’s digital world, companies have more marketing and advertising platforms than ever before; and social media outlets have given rise to influencers, paid promoters and celebrities using their voice to speak out on many products. Did you know what these influencers say about your product as well as your product reviews, blogs, likes, hashtags,…. can all become your product claims?

In this session we will examine how to utilize these platforms to market your products while following FDA and FTC regulatory guidelines. We will discuss topics such as:

  • What types of claims should we be aware of – soft, hard, marketing, fluff, direct, implied
  • Understanding implied claims through social media, testimonials and influencers
  • Determine who is responsible for claims – and what types of claims could and should be substantiate
  • Regulatory and compliance liability concerns as they apply to social media
  • FTC guidelines on social media marketing including the use of influencers, hashtags, likes, share,…
  • Discuss ways to minimize brand and regulatory risk while developing compelling marketing messages.


2:50 – 3:00 pm     Break 

3:00 – 4:30 pm     Panel – Harmonizing Retailer Product Integrity Standards – A Stakeholder Discussion of Challenges, Needs, and Next Steps – Moderator Megan Olsen, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, CRN

More and more retailers have begun imposing their own unique product integrity standards on dietary supplement products sold in their stores and online platforms.  Product integrity standards are important to ensure that supplements on store shelves are safe and unadulterated.  However, when individual retailers develop their own unique standards, the resulting programs can create increased expenses, supply disruption, and constraints on product innovation that impact retailers, manufacturers, and consumers. This panel will include a discussion among stakeholders – including retailers, manufacturers, and third-party certifiers to discuss current retailer product integrity standards and how these groups can move towards a harmonized standards.  Discussion will include:

  • Defining product integrity standards and how these standards interact with laws and regulations applicable to supplement safety and quality;
  • Exploring Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory standards and guidance in light of product integrity requirements;
  • Understanding the retailer concerns that shape the development of product integrity standards;
  • Reviewing manufacturer concerns and burdens created by current product integrity standards; and
  • Exploring harmonization outlook – ideas from thought leaders to develop harmonized standards that are flexible to meet retailer goals and help preserve consumer access to supplements.
  • Panelists Include
    • Palmer A. Orlandi, Jr.,D., Deputy Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, AOAC INTERNATIONAL
    • Jeff Brams, GC & VP R&D and Regulatory, Garden of Life
    • David McPherson, Director Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, The Kroger Co, Vitacost
    • Elan Sudberg, CEO, Alkemist Labs
    • Hope Hanley, VP Quality Assuarance & Regulatory Affairs, Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes
    • James Meyerink, CAS BioSciences
    • Travis Borchardt, VP Product Integrity & Compliance, Nature’s Way


4:30 – 5:20 pm    The Devolution of Environmental Policy

Robbie McLuckie, Sr. Manager State & Local Government Affairs – Eastern Region, CHPA &

Nathan Sell, Sr. Director Sustainability, American Cleaning Institute


State Action on Over-The-Counter Healthcare Packaging

In the absence of meaningful action on environmental issues by Congress, state legislatures are increasingly filling the void by enacting stricter regulation of single-use plastic, bottles, plastic bags, pharmaceutical drug disposal programs, and even consumer healthcare packaging.  The loss of end-markets for recycling, the increase in residential household trash generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and increasingly dated local infrastructure are adding to the pressure for state lawmakers to act. The 2021 state legislative cycle was one of the most active “environmental” sessions in recent years, and 2022 is expected to be even more vigorous.          


Tuesday, November 9th, 2021  – (Times are Eastern)

1 – 2:20pm    Panel – The Power of Anonymized Databases – Moderator Karil Kochenderfer, Principle of Linkages

Decisions require data, increasingly so as e-commerce drives the marketplace and the Federal Data Strategy drives U.S. Government decisions.  Can and should industry come to together to anticipate its collective and competitive data needs, for example, around the safety and marketing of CBD products?  Can “anonymized” data-bases inform these decisions through the collective gathering of data from anonymous individual sources eager for answers and insights as well as confidentiality?

  • Panelists
    • Adora Parker, Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Compliance, DollarTree/Family Dollar
    • Clare Thorpe, SVP of Creme Global
    • Jake Lewin, CEO, Intact US
    • Jennifer Knaack, VP of Compliance and Science, Cheef Holdings 

2:20 – 3:05pm      The Value of Testing, Inspection, & Certification Sector Study Karin Athanas, Executive Director, TIC Council Americas

Provides an overview of the study, drivers, and authors of the report before diving into:

  • Conformity assessments greater role as part of a robust quality infrastructure
  • Need to highlight conformity assessment benefits to consumers, regulators and more
  • Explore areas of growth and activity where TIC plays a key role
  • learning points from the study with special focus on the three case studies 

3:05 – 3:15pm     Break

3:15 – 4:15pm      Fireside Chat with leaders of AFDO & AOAC – Moderator Karil Kochenderfer, Principle of Linkages

Provides an overview of AOAC and AFDO, future initiatives, explores what is on the minds of their respective members as it relates to Dietary Supplements, CBD, and more.

  • Special Guests:
    • Steve Mandernach – Executive Director of Association of Food & Drug Officials, (AFDO)
    • David Schmidt –Executive Director of AOAC International

4:15pm – 4:50pm    Get in touch with your gutGeorge Paraskevakos, Executive Director of International Probiotics Association

With continued advancement in science and growth in the probiotic space hear from industry leaders about the unique GMP challenges manufacturers, need for education of nutritionist, and continued awareness on a global scale.


4:50pm – 5:15pm     Closing & Awards – Betsy Crater (GRMA Secretary, Summit Committee Chair, & Non-Food Quality Assurance Manager Wegmans Food Markets) & Allyn Shultis (Executive Director, GRMA)