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NPA President Mark Le Doux Highlights Accomplishments and Goals for Association in Letter to Members Legislative Victories, Membership and Cash Flow all on the Rise in First Half of 2016 Mandatory Participation in TruLabel and New By-Laws Planned for 2016
posted by Natural Alterna... on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:00
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an open letter to Natural Products Association members, Mark Le Doux, President of the association’s board of directors, highlighted accomplishments and laid out key initiatives for 2016. The letter is an update for the membership following a productive board of directors meeting at NPA’s new offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016.
“Membership and revenue are up, and we have a lot of exciting plans for the association coming down the pipeline. Our grassroots and legislative efforts are paying off, as we’ve seen with the recent victory in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico,” said Dan Fabricant, Ph.D., CEO and Executive Director of NPA.
“Our plans to strengthen NPA’s trusted TruLabel and make participation in the program a requirement for membership will further our goals of proving the natural products industry trustworthy, accountable and legitimate. Updating our by-laws for the first time since Lyndon Johnson was in office will modernize the way our association is governed,” said Dr. Fabricant.
“The first half of 2016 has been a tremendous success for our organization, and we have our members and leadership team here in Washington to thank for that,” Dr. Fabricant concluded. “We are looking forward to closing out the year on just as high of a note as we started it.”
Mr. Le Doux has served in his role as Acting President since February of 2016, succeeding Roxanne Green. “Mark is a valuable asset to NPA, and we’re happy to have him on the team in his leadership role,” added Dr. Fabricant. Le Doux is the CEO of Natural Alternatives International, Inc. (NAI), a Carlsbad, CA based formulator, manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplements. He has been a member of NPA’s board of directors since 2010 and has also served as chairman of NPA’s ComPLI Committee.
Highlights from the letter, which can be viewed in its entirety here, include:
• Plans to make participation in NPA’s TruLabel program a mandatory part of NPA membership;
• Positive cash flow and overall revenue increases for the first five months of 2016, largely thanks to increased membership and changes to membership dues that will enable the NPA to more actively pursue its goals;
• NPA’s successful partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratory) to offer third-party GMP certification;
• Grassroots efforts to engage Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and encouraging NPA member contact with them while they are home on recess;
• The Natural Products Foundation’s letter-writing efforts to encourage investigations of questionable practices and products from the FDA and FTC;
• NPA PAC’s efforts to engage lawmakers on Capitol Hill;
• Legislative and regulatory updates including a recently passed GMO labeling bill that reduces the confusion of varied state laws regarding GMO labeling;
• NPA’s submission of a 33-page FDA brief to explore the definition of “natural” and help clarify policies relating to natural products;
• NPA’s success fighting a Massachusetts regulation that would have reduced athletes’ access to supplements; and
• Grassroots efforts to eliminate onerous restrictions on dietary supplements in Puerto Rico as well as the intrusive regulations proposed under California’s Proposition 65.
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