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U.N.-Affiliated Initiative Gets an Assist from Rivkin Radler
December 12, 2017 | Shari Claire Lewis | Marc S. Ullman | Steven Shapiro | Nancy A. Del Pizzo | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services | Intellectual Property
The Island Women Open Network (IWON), created by the Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), signed an agreement engaging Rivkin Radler LLP for legal assistance. IWON’s main objective is to empower women and children at the grassroots level to transform the sustainable-energy sector of Small …
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Shapiro to Speak at New York Health Forum
November 28, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
On December 6, Steven Shapiro will join a panel at the 8th annual New York Health Forum entitled, “Building a Right Platform: Key Legal Issues of the U.S. Beauty Industry.” Steven will speak about how pending legislation could greatly increase the Food & Drug Administration’s cosmetics regulation. For information and to register for the Forum, …
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Queenan Attends Annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park Fundraiser
November 20, 2017
On Friday November 17, 2017, John Queenan, a board member of the Albany Police Athletic League League (PAL), attended the opening night of Capital Holiday Lights in the Park on Washington Park, the border of which Rivkin Radler’s Albany office sits. The opening night is a sponsor only attendance night and marks the official start …
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Queenan Presents at Albany Law School’s Recent Graduate CLE Program
November 17, 2017
On November 17, John Queenan presented at Albany Law School’s “Recent Graduate CLE Program” held on the law school campus. John presented on the topics of  “Factual Investigation Through Witness Interviews” and “Selection and Interviews of Experts”.  Sponsored by the National Alumni Association (NAA) of Albany Law School , the CLE program provides 16 free CLE …
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Ullman Quoted in Natural Products Insider
November 7, 2017 | Health Services
Marc Ullman was interviewed for an article in Natural Products Insider entitled, “Hemp Lawyer: FDA CBD Warning Letters Shouldn’t Alarm Industry.” The article centers on the FDA’s intolerance of claims that CBD-containing foods and dietary supplements treat diseases such as cancer. The FDA advised that  CBD (cannabidiol) cannot be sold in dietary supplements, or added to …
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Rivkin Radler Presents Panel Program, “Defending a False Claims Act Allegation”
October 24, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
On Thursday, November 16, Rivkin Radler will present a panel program entitled, Defending an FCA Allegation: Forewarned Is Forearmed. Moderated by Brian Bank, the panel will deconstruct real, unsealed False Claims Act cases. Panelists include Rivkin Radler partners Robert Iseman and Geoffrey Kaiser, Paul Kaufman of Northwell Health and BDO’s Patrick Pilch. CLE credits are available. …
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Queenan and Bernstein Present at Employment First Conference in Albany
October 18, 2017 | Employment & Labor
John Queenan and Dan Bernstein presented on the topic “Disability in the Workplace: Protections under Federal and State Law” at the Employment First conference hosted by Our Ability and New York Business Leadership Network on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Albany.  Our Ability is the only disability owned and operated business dedicated to building employment …
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Shapiro and Ullman Quoted in Natural Products Insider
October 17, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Steven Shapiro and Marc Ullman were interviewed for a story in Natural Products Insider entitled, “FDA’s Efforts to Develop Pre-DSHEA List Face Mounting Skepticism.” The article discusses how sources in the dietary supplements industry doubt whether the FDA’s plan to build a list of “old” dietary ingredients is feasible. To read the article, click here. …
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Ullman Quoted in NutraIngredients-USA
September 21, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman weighed in on a story in NutraIngredients-USA.com entitled, “Amarin’s ITC case against omega-3s players decried as attempt to corner EPA market.” The article discusses how, as the concentration levels of omega-3 dietary supplement products have steadily risen, pharmaceutical manufacturer Amarin has moved to protect its competitive turf by filing a trade complaint against …
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Ullman Quoted in Nutraingredients-USA
September 6, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was interviewed for an article entitled, “ChromaDex-Elysium fight highlights glitches in NDI and GRAS processes.” The article discusses the tussle between ChromaDex and Elysium Health, which highlights the curious dance between a New Dietary Ingredient Notification and a GRAS affirmation as a way to bring ingredients to market. To read the article, click …
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Ullman to Speak at SupplySide West Workshop
August 30, 2017 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman will participate on a panel for a workshop entitled, “FDA Lawsuits and Class Action Litigation in the Dietary Supplement Industry,” to be held at the SupplySide West annual conference. The September 26 workshop, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Expo Hall in Las Vegas, will examine the FDA’s years-long court battle …
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Kaiser to Join PLI Panel
August 17, 2017 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
On October 5, Geoffrey Kaiser will participate in a Practising Law Institute (PLI) Enforcement Trends panel at the Institute’s Life Sciences conference. The program, entitled, “Life Sciences 2017: Navigating Legal Challenges in the Drug and Device Industries,” will be held in New York City. For information and registration, click here. …
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Bank Appointed ABA Committee Chair
August 16, 2017 | Employment & Labor | Commercial Litigation | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Brian Bank has been appointed Chair of the Employment and Labor Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. …
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Ullman Weighs in on DMAA Ruling
July 28, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was quoted in Natural Products Insider’s article: “Hi-Tech Files Appeal in DMAA Fight with FDA,” which discusses Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s quarrel with the federal government regarding the legality of the supplement DMAA, or 1,3-dimethylamylamine. To read the article, click here. …
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Ullman Quoted in Natural Products Insider
July 20, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was quoted in a July 20, 2017 article entitled, “Executive Sold DMAA Supplements, Sentenced to Prison.” The story centers on the president of a dietary supplement company who was sentenced to an 18-month prison term for failing to disclose the presence the amphetamine derivative DMAA on the product labeling for his company’s supplements. …
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Shapiro to Speak at Dietary Supplements Conference
May 30, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
On June 26, Steven Shapiro will speak at the Dietary Supplements conference, a collaboration between the American Conference Institute and the Council for Responsible Nutrition. He will participate on a panel entitled, “FDA Roundup: Rulemaking and Other Activity Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” where he will discuss the new Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Rule and …
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Ullman quoted in Nutritional Outlook
April 24, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was quoted in an article entitled, “How Will Donald Trump Affect Global Ingredient Sourcing?,” which was published in the April 2017 issue of Nutritional Outlook. Click here to read the article. …
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Shapiro authors article for Nutrition Industry Executive
April 17, 2017 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Steven Shapiro authored an article for the April 2017 issue of Nutrition Industry Executive.  The article presents a case study in the enforcement of laws prohibiting false and deceptive advertising in connection with the marketing of nutritional supplements. Click here to read the article. …
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Ullman quoted in NUTRA ingredients-usa.com
April 11, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman was quoted in an article entitled, “FDA Prevails Over Hi-Tech On DMAA, But Ruling Could Open Door On Synthetic Botanicals,” which was published in the April 2017 issue of NUTRA ingredients-usa.com. Click here to read the article. …
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Ullman Participates in Webinar for the American Herbal Products Association
March 28, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman and a panel of industry lawyers will present a webinar entitled, “Ensuring Your Dietary Supplement Claims are Truthful, Substantiated and Will Help Sell Your Product.” The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces against false, misleading and deceptive advertising. Claims can be misleading if they are not substantiated. Testimonials and social media can trip you …
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Shapiro Quoted in Natural Products Insider
March 22, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Steven Shapiro was quoted in a recent Natural Products Insider article entitled, “Vitamin Shoppe, Oregon AG Reach ‘Groundbreaking’ Settlement.” In the article, Shapiro comments on the groundbreaking $545,000 agreement between Vitamin Shoppe Inc. and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. To read the full article, Click Here. …
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Ullman Participates in American Herbal Products Association Webinar
February 14, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
On March 28, Marc Ullman will be participating in a webinar sponsored by the American Herbal Products Association entitled, “Claims Substantiation – Ensuring Your Dietary Supplement Claims are Truthful, Substantiated and Will Help Sell Your Product.”  The webinar will address legal standards, today’s regulatory environment and the lawsuit risks and liabilities marketers face if claims …
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Ullman quoted in NUTRAingredients-usa.com
February 2, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman was quoted in a NUTRAingredients-usa.com article entitled, “Trump’s Executive Order Could Upend Current Regulatory Structure, Experts Say.” Pres. Trump’s executive order requiring new regulations to be offset by the elimination of existing ones could wreak havoc with the pending roll-out of long awaited rules, such as the NDI draft guidance, observers say. Click …
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Rivkin Radler Elects 6 New Partners
January 1, 2017 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law | Professional Liability | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Directors & Officers Liability | General Liability | Insurance Coverage | Insurance Fraud | Intellectual Property
Evan H. Krinick, Managing Partner of Rivkin Radler LLP, is pleased to announce that Avigael Fyman, Ryan Goldberg, Matthew Lampert, Robert Maloney, Sean McAloon and Frank Misiti have been elected Partners. “These attorneys are exceptionally talented, and we are proud to call them our partners.  In addition to their impressive legal accomplishments, they are active …
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Ullman Quoted in Nutritional Outlook
December 23, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman was quoted in a Nutritional Outlook Magazine article entitled, “GNC’s Department of Justice Deal is a ‘Fair Deal,’ One Expert Says.” The titular expert, Ullman shared his view on GNC’s non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ: “I think GNC was lucky they weren’t prosecuted,” adding, “When you read between the lines, there was the …
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Bank Named to LIBN’s 40 Under 40
November 16, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Commercial Litigation | Employment & Labor
Rivkin Radler Partner, Brian L. Bank, has been named to Long Island Business News’ 40 Under 40 list. Since 1998, Long Island Business News has been honoring future leaders of Long Island under 40 years old who have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. Brian was selected because of …
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Ullman Quoted in NUTRAingredients-usa.com
November 15, 2016 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was recently quoted in the NUTRAingredients-usa.com article entitled, “Linnea May Quit the US Entirely if FDA Takes Action Against Vinpocetine.” To read the full article, Click Here. …
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3 Rivkin Radler Attorneys Receive Leadership in Law Awards
November 1, 2016 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law | Professional Liability | Trusts & Estates | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Directors & Officers Liability | Health Services
Rivkin Radler is proud to announce that Christopher J. Kutner, Albert W. Petraglia and Avigael C. Fyman have received Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law Award, in the categories of Partner, Counsel and Associate, respectively.  This honor recognizes individuals who demonstrate dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence, as well as leadership qualities in both …
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Ullman to Present at Dietary Supplement GMP Compliance Training Seminar
October 19, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman will be an instructor at the upcoming Dietary Supplement GMP Compliance Training Seminar in Salt Lake City, UT, October 25-26, 2016, presented by EAS. At the GMP seminar you will: Learn the requirements of the final Rule and understand how they differ from the proposed rule that was published in March 2003. Receive detailed …
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Ullman Quoted in Article for Nutritional Outlook
October 19, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman was quoted in a recent Nutritional Outlook article entitled, “Will Hemp CBD’s Regulatory Controversy Help or Hurt Its Future as a Supplement Ingredient?” To read the full article, Click Here. …
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Gershenoff presents at the Annual New Jersey Special Investigators Seminar
October 18, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Commercial Litigation | Insurance Fraud
Max Gershenoff presented at the Annual New Jersey Special Investigators Association Seminar in Atlantic City.  The presentation, entitled “Building a Case From a Claims File”, focused on the importance file analysis at the claims level and the wealth of information readily available to claims representatives to identify billing/medical treatment fraud.    …
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Rivkin Radler Attorneys Named As 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers
October 11, 2016 | Professional Liability | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Appeals | Bankruptcy | Commercial Litigation | Construction | Health Services | Insurance Coverage
UNIONDALE, NY – Rivkin Radler LLP is pleased to announce that twenty attorneys were named to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers List and five attorneys were named as New York Metro Rising Stars. Being named a Super Lawyer is a tremendous honor reserved for only the top 5% of all lawyers in a …
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Lewis, Balboni, Ullman & Shapiro to Speak at SupplySide West Expo
October 4, 2016 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Shari Claire Lewis, Michael A.L. Balboni, Marc S. Ullman and Steven Shapiro will speak at the SupplySide West Expo being held in Las Vegas from October 4-8, 2016. SupplySide West is the world’s leading ingredient and solutions trade show where science and strategy intersect. Over a thousand exhibitors and 120 hours of educational programming attract …
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Shapiro Discusses Energy Drink Legal Woes in Podcast
September 28, 2016 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Steven Shapiro recently discussed the legal issues concerning energy drinks in a podcast with Natural Products Insider. In the podcast, Shapiro and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, discuss: The problem with FDA’s guidance on the differences between energy supplements and energy beverages. How the definition of “children” is contested between energy drink product marketers …
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Shapiro quoted in Natural Products Insider
September 23, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Steven Shapiro was quoted in the  September 2016 issue of Natural Products Insider. Click here to read the article. …
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DiGennaro to Speak at ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference
September 22, 2016 | Professional Liability | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Directors & Officers Liability
Janice DiGennaro will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Use and Defense of Experts in Legal Malpractice Cases,” at the American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference on September 22, in Chicago. Use and Defense of Experts in Legal Malpractice Cases The latitude with which an opposing expert is permitted to testify at trial can …
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Shapiro publishes in Natural Products Insider
September 6, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Steven Shapiro’s article entitled, “Are You Using Social Media to Promote Your Company or It’s Products?” was published in the September 6 issue of Natural Products Insider. Click here to read the article. …
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Ullman Quoted in Natural Products Insider
September 1, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was quoted in a recent Natural Products Insider article entitled, “DEA Likely Decimates Kratom’s Chances at Becoming Lawful Dietary Supplement.” To read the full article, Click Here. …
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Ullman quoted in NUTRA ingredients-usa.com
August 15, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman has been quoted in the Aug. 12 issue of NUTRA ingredients-usa.com, in an article entitled, “GRAS route will still be popular with hard line taken in NDI draft on synthetic botanicals.” Click here to read the article. …
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DiGennaro Joins NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics
July 27, 2016 | Professional Liability | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Directors & Officers Liability
Janice DiGennaro has joined the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. This Committee is the most productive Committee in the State as it writes and publishes more ethics opinions than any other Bar Committee and its opinions become influential sources for ethical guidance to the courts and attorneys across the State. NYSBA Committee …
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Shapiro quoted in Natural Products Insider
July 19, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Steven Shapiro has been quoted in Natural Products Insider in an article entitled, “DOJ Targets Marketers of Dietary Supplements for Claiming Disease Treatments.” Click here to read the article. …
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Ullman quoted in Nutra Ingredients-USA.com
July 19, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman has been quoted in a Nutra ingredients-usa.com article entitled, “AMA Warns Members About Rise of Nootropics.” Click here to read the article. …
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Shapiro records a podcast on legal issues pertaining to energy drinks
July 15, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Steve Shapiro recorded a podcast on legal issues pertaining to energy drinks in order to promote a presentation that he is giving in August. Click here to hear the podcast. …
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Kaiser on panel for American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements
June 27, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Geoffrey Kaiser will be a co-presenter at the American Conference Institute’s (ACI) 4th Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements, which takes place on June 27-28, 2016 at The Andaz Wall Street, New York City. This forum includes preeminent counsel, regulatory and compliance executives, and officials from leading trade associations representing the dietary …
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Kaiser Quoted in FierceHealthcare Article
June 23, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Geoffrey Kaiser was quoted in a recent FierceHealthcare article entitled, “After Implied Cert Ruling, Courts will Focus on Materiality.” To read the full article, Click Here. …
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Kaiser Quoted in Boston Globe and Bloomberg BNA
June 21, 2016 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Geoffrey Kaiser was quoted in a recent Boston Globe article entitled, “Supreme Court Rules Mass. Family Can Continue Suit Over Daughter’s Death,” and a recent Bloomberg BNA article entitled, “Unanimous Supreme Court Sets Outer Limit on FCA Liability.” Jeff provided both publications with expert commentary on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Universal …
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DiGennaro successful at Sanction Hearing
June 14, 2016 | Professional Liability | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Directors & Officers Liability
Janice DiGennaro successfully defended an attorney at a sanction hearing after the court had previously ruled (prior to Rivkin Radler’s retention) that surveillance video of an accident had been spoliated and had ordered an evidentiary hearing on the issue of sanctions.  Janice secured the deposition and affidavit of a non-party out-of-state witness who established that the …
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Ullman and Shapiro Issue USU Law Monthly Update
June 3, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman and Stephen Shapiro have issued their USU Law Monthly Update for June 2016. June 2016 USU Law Update …
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Shapiro authors article for Natural Products Insider
May 17, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Steven Shapiro authored an article for Natural Products Insider entitled, “The Demise of Ephedra” as part of the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the first Supply Side West. Click here to read the article. …
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Ullman speaker at the Council for Responsible Nutrition Regulatory Summit
May 5, 2016 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Health Services
Marc Ullman will be a speaker at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Regulatory Summit.  Marc’s topic is entitled, “Industry perspective on ingredient status.” CRN’s Regulatory Summit is a one-day conference in Washington, D.C.  It is focused on exploring FDA and industry perspectives on regulatory implementation and compliance regarding dietary supplement GMPs and other provisions …
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