Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) outlined the current political and policy outlook for the natural products industry during a webinar for its membership. The webinar address how the industry will be impacted by President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Also among the topics discussed by NPA’s Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., President and CEO, and Kyle Turk, Director of Government Relations, along with NPA’s government affairs team Steve Northrup and Stacey Rampy of Rampy Northrup and Matt Keelen of TKG, as outlined in a press release:
The importance of promoting and protecting access to nutritional supplements. “As we prepare for a more focused effort to expand access to nutritional supplements during the pandemic, we are keeping a watchful eye on proposals across the country that would do just the opposite,” said Dr. Fabricant. “We are also gearing up to play offense in states that can do more to ensure that consumers can access supplements affordably.”
- NPA renewed its effort to expand access to nutritional supplements for all communities through the tax code and assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
- Legislation in some states aims to restrict certain supplements; Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, and California have all previously introduced legislation that would ban certain dietary supplements to people under 18, NPA added, noted that NPA has successfully defeated these proposals during previous state legislative sessions.
- NPA is also “playing offense” in states that currently tax supplements by advocating for a consumer health product tax holiday.
The need to regulate CBD products. The speakers discussed the importance of setting a safe level of daily consumption for CBD and stated that if FDA inaction continues, NPA will push Congress to support state regulatory efforts that include developing dosage recommendations and official methods of analysis to ensure intrastate consistency.
Turk also urged industry involvement, and for NPA members to continue their support: “We have another busy year ahead of us and we are going to rely on the strength of our members to accomplish our goals.” NPA added on Twitter that members who were not able to attend but would like a recording can email firstname.lastname@example.org