Three Part Webinar Series Provided by dicentra and Knowledge Bank – Foods vs. Dietary Supplements: Cross Dressing Products

December 3, 2013 By


Three Part Webinar Series
Provided by dicentra and Knowledge Bank
Foods vs. Dietary Supplements:  Cross Dressing Products 

At SupplySide West this year Daniel Fabricant of the FDA stressed that the agency is concerned and closely monitoring companies that disguise or inappropriately label dietary supplements as foods.

Product classification and appropriate labeling is one of the greatest regulatory challenges facing companies today when launching a new product in the marketplace.  The FDA has focused its enforcement efforts on products misclassified or inappropriately labeled.  Is it a food or is it a dietary supplement?  What are the differences?  What are the requirements for each in terms of manufacturing standards or labeling?

dicentra has partnered up with Knowledge Bank to prepare and deliver a three part webinar series that answers these common questions and ensures that your product is properly classified, manufactured, labeled and marketed to avoid costly regulatory consequences down the road.

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Provided by dicentra & Knowledge Bank

Foods vs. Dietary Supplements:  Cross Dressing Products

Each of the following webinars will be over an hour in length followed by a Q&A session with regulatory experts at dicentra and Knowledge Bank. Choose which of the three you want to participate in or select all three for a 40% discount. Below the webinar descriptions you will find a biography on the speaker, Debra Topham of Knowledge Bank.

Workshop Selection

Webinar 1: Pre-Market Considerations and Decisions: Product Classification
Date: January 29, 2014
Time: 1 PM Eastern Standard Time
Price: $289

What criteria will help you decide if your product is a food or a supplement? Shots, bars, beverages, and energy drinks, for example, are products commonly misclassified and inappropriately labeled in the marketplace. Here we look at factors you need to take into account to properly classify and present your product. This comprehensive webinar will look at ingredient considerations, claims, product delivery format, market presentation and consumer perception to help you decide the right path for your new product.







Webinar 2: Pre-Market Consequences: Manufacturing and Labeling
Date: February 12, 2014
Time: 1 PM Eastern Standard Time
Price: $289

Foods and supplements have similar and distinctive manufacturing requirements and settings. Come to understand your playground and what’s expected of your operations. This webinar will distinguish the sets of requirements and highlight the details of HACCP, GMPs and FSMA that apply to these two product categories. We will also look at quality checks for foods and supplements including stability testing and traceability records. Finally, this webinar will compare labeling requirements for foods and dietary supplements. In each case, what needs to go on your label? What doesn’t and what’s optional? These questions will be analyzed and answered with real examples.







Webinar 3: More Pre-Market Considerations: Teeny Tiny Packages and Managing Product Feedback
Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 1 PM Eastern Standard Time
Price: $289

Squeezing required copy onto packages with little real estate is a big challenge. What goes where when you have less than 12 square inches? We will look at foods and dietary supplements packaged as shots, samples, assortment packs and sample kits, single sachets, stick packs and blister packs to see what absolutely must appear. Additionally, we will cover what happens when customers give you feedback. How do you accept complaints and manage comments related to product quality and safety? Even if your products are tiny and your business is small, you have to prepare for the inevitable adverse reactions. This webinar is an overview of what a food and dietary supplement business must document and report related to adverse events from product use.







About the Speaker and Knowledge Bank

Debra K.W. Topham’s consulting business, knowledge bank, specializes in reviewing food and dietary supplement labels for compliance to USA regulations.  She also teaches at Chapman University (Orange, CA) and provides workshops on labeling for retail and foodservice markets. She edited two internationally known books on phytochemicals and was previously employed by Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets (Tesco PLC) and Nutrilite (division of Amway). Ms. Topham served as project manager for human clinical research studies, scientific symposia, and nutrition conferences, especially on botanicals, plant concentrates, and human nutrition. Ms. Topham is both a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and Certified Food Scientist (CFS). She is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  Her degrees are from North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND). To learn more visit

About dicentra

dicentra provides sought-after regulatory and scientific guidance on product and marketing compliance, quality assurance, research and development, new ingredient assessments and overall regulatory strategies for health-related products sold in North American marketplaces. To learn more visit

If you have any questions please contact Peter Wojewnik of dicentra at or at 1-866-647-3279 ext. 225


Peter Wojewnik
Vice President Business Development

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