Nutrasource Blog

Regulatory Trends That Will Shape 2019

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

The past year was a whirlwind of regulatory change that brought exciting opportunities and new challenges in equal measure.

As we look to another game-changing year ahead, our regulatory and scientific team reviews the top regulatory trends expected to shape health product innovation and marketing in 2019 and beyond.

Here's what to expect...

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Tags: Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Cannabis, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Foods & Beverages

Shotgun Metagenomics: A Viable Solution for Species Identification of Supplements and Foods?

Posted by David Erickson, Ph.D. on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

The advent of new DNA sequencing technologies has fundamentally changed how we use DNA data to solve real-world problems. The first of those changes was in the technology that acquires DNA sequence data. The second was in the analysis of that data. (For more, see my previous post, Can DNA Solve the Supplement Industry's Identity Problems?)

One of the branches of DNA data analysis is what we now call metagenomics – a term frequently used but not always understood.

Here I explain what this technique is and how nutraceutical and food industries can use it to verify the identity of products, such as probiotics and prepared foods in mixtures, with more certainty than ever.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Product Testing & Certifications

Supplement and Weight Loss Strategies to Help Active Consumers Stay Lean and Fit

Posted by Nutrasource on Tue, Nov 13, 2018

At this year's SupplySide West, we had the pleasure of presenting on a topic that consistently poses challenges for the health and sports nutrition market: how to reach the sizable, but largely untapped, segment of "fit" customers looking to build lean muscle mass.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Events

How to Form a CRO Partnership That Delivers Results

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

The term "partnership" has become a trendy word in the contract research organization (CRO) world. While it's meant to describe a close collaborative relationship between CRO and client, too many organizations claim to be partners when in reality they are only research sites or project-based consultants.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Concept to Claim, Regulatory

How to Not Get Kicked Off Amazon.ca for Non-Compliant Natural Health Products

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Sep 24, 2018

If you're already selling your supplement on Amazon in the U.S. or elsewhere around the globe, Canada is a natural next step to achieve growth and gain market share.

But if you're looking to enter the Canadian market for the first time via Amazon.ca, be warned - it's not as simple as setting up an account and listing your products!

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Product Marketing

Prop 65 Updates: How to Ensure Dietary Supplement Compliance in California

Posted by Kevin Yan, M.Sc., Director of Analytics & Certifications on Fri, Sep 07, 2018

In the wake of California's updated Prop 65 requirementswhich came into force August 30, 2018—many of our clients have approached us with questions regarding compliance.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Product Testing & Certifications

Substantiating Products With No Guidance: The CBD Confusion

Posted by Dr. Susan J. Hewlings, Ph.D., RD, Director of Scientific Affairs on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

While many U.S. states (and, of course, Canada) are approving medical and recreational use of cannabis products, confusion about how these products are regulated continues to grow.

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Tags: Cannabis, Claims, Regulatory

Implications of FDA's GRAS and NDIN Policy Changes for Supplements and Medical Foods

Posted by Dr. Richard Kraska, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer - GRAS Associates on Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Our regulatory affairs team has regular contact with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of projects. Occasionally we learn about subtle policy shifts regarding Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Notifications and New Dietary Ingredient Notifications (NDIN).

Below is an overview of FDA’s latest updates to GRAS and NDINs which will have important implications for the dietary supplement and medical foods industry in the U.S.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Regulatory

Next Steps for Commercializing Medical Cannabis Products in Canada, the U.S., and Beyond

Posted by Nutrasource on Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Canada has made history as the second country to legalize cannabis nationwide. The world is watching to see how the landscape for cannabis and related products will change as the Cannabis Act and associated Cannabis Regulations and Industrial Hemp Regulations come into force on October 17, 2018.

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Tags: Cannabis

Reverse-Engineering Your Regulatory Strategy for More Efficient Product Development

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Regulatory strategy is the backbone of successful product development. Brands that lack a clear regulatory plan at the beginning of the process can face longer times to market and potentially higher costs associated with re-work or failure.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products