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United Natural Products Alliance
The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is an association of dietary supplement and functional food companies that share a commitment to provide consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability.
Our membership is limited to 40 full members and 10 analytical lab members. Our admission procedure requires that new members be fully vetted and voted in by the existing membership.
Our history is unique. In 1991, eight leading Utah-based dietary supplement companies agreed to form an alliance to challenge FDA's aggressive and inappropriate enforcement actions against supplement companies. At that time, the association was named the Utah Natural Products Alliance.
UNPA embarked on a strategy to rewrite the rules governing dietary supplements. This plan was developed in close cooperation with the Office of Senator Orrin Hatch and was realized by the introduction of the Health Freedom Act of 1992, sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman Bill Richardson of New Mexico. This bill ultimately became the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). No issue in American history has generated more constituent contact to Congress except the Vietnam War.
In 2005, the association's name was changed to the United Natural Products Alliance in recognition of the diversity of our membership, which now spans North America, Europe and Asia. UNPAs core mission is to help assure the full and proper implementation and enforcement of DSHEA. This includes a suite of laws and regulations that support DSHEA, such as GMP regulations, adverse event reporting systems, analytical method development, control of steroids masquerading as supplements and international quality management protocols.