Metagenics Sponsors American Herbal Products Association “Evaluating Product Quality in Dietary Supplements” Workshop

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Healthcare providers will learn how quality control and manufacturing affect dietary supplement potency and efficacy

Does dietary supplement quality vary from one manufacturer to another? As naturopathic doctors and other health care professionals increasingly embrace the use of dietary supplements to support their patients’ health, their ability to objectively determine differences in quality has never been greater.

Dietary supplements are often misperceived as commodities, unaffected by a company’s quality control or manufacturing processes. But in fact, these practices can greatly impact the efficacy and potency of a dietary supplement. To shed light on how, Metagenics, Inc., a life sciences company and leading developer of therapeutic nutrition, and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the only national trade association focused primarily on herbs and herbal products, have teamed to offer “Evaluating Product Quality in Dietary Supplements,” a one-and-a-half-day workshop designed for health care professionals.

Workshop attendees will learn:

  •     Metrics for what defines a “quality” product or manufacturer
  •     Regulatory, legal, and manufacturing requirements; “best practices” in the dietary supplement industry and how they apply as metrics of quality.
  •     How to develop a “quality questionnaire” to help evaluate the quality of the dietary supplements they’re considering recommending to their patients.

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) who complete the workshop will earn up to 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

“Evaluating Product Quality in Dietary Supplements” will take place December 4-5, 2010 at the Southwestern College of Naturopathic Medicine, Rooms 7 and 8, 2140 East Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ. The enrollment fee is $250 for practicing NDs and other licensed health care professionals, or $100 for students, faculty, and staff.

To register for this event, please visit or call the AHPA at 301-588-1171 ext. 105.

About Metagenics, Inc.

Metagenics, Inc. is a global life sciences company focused on reversing chronic illness and improving health. Founded in 1983, Metagenics provides health care providers with the products and services they need to help their patients regain a lifetime of good health, including high quality, science-based medical foods and nutritional formulas; lifestyle therapy programs; and educational support. Metagenics has more than 230 domestic and international patents awarded or pending. The company maintains its corporate headquarters in San Clemente, CA, its R&D headquarters in Gig Harbor, WA and operating subsidiaries in Brussels, Belgium and Brisbane, Australia.

About the American Herbal Products Association

Founded in 1982, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) , is the voice of the herbal products industry and the recognized leader in representing the botanical trade. The only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and herbal products, AHPA’s activities are focused on its mission to 1) promote the responsible commerce of herbal products; 2) maintain and improve market opportunities for companies that sell herbs, herbal products and other health-related products, and 3) ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide choice of goods. AHPA is in active communication with key allies — as well as critics — in the US Congress, and communicates regularly with the many federal regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over this industry, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Agriculture, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and others.


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