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Join us for the UNPA members’ meeting at Expo West


Please plan to join your fellow UNPA members at the association’s annual member meeting at Natural Products Expo West—the meeting is open to all UNPA members and invited guests, and there is no charge to attend.

Thursday, March 9 8-8:50 a.m.
Room 210D, Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, Calif.

Please RSVP here.

This year’s meeting will once again be a fast-paced update on issues of importance to the membership, including:

  • Introduction of new members
  • Update on key industry issues & political landscape
  • Highlights from NDI III conference and go-forward priorities 
  • UNPA quality trainings in 2017
  • Santa Fe Members’ Retreat preview
Please note that you will need your show badge and ID to gain entrance into the convention center for the meeting.

Coffee and tea will be provided. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Please RSVP here.

An introduction to Larisa Pavlick, UNPA’s VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance

By Larisa Pavlick, UNPA VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance

Welcome to 2017! I am excited and honored to join the UNPA team and am eager to get to know all of our members and to help you with your compliance needs.


Who am I?

I am joining you with 12 years of dietary supplement industry experience, plus nearly eight years at the Food and Drug Administration as an Investigator. At FDA, I primarily conducted dietary supplement inspections and investigations within the Denver District, covering Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, and internationally.


While working in the dietary supplement industry, I learned the full product-development cycle, beginning from the initial concept, into research and development to the qualification of suppliers, raw material purchasing, manufacturing operations, all the way through to finished product release and distribution. CONTINUE →

2016: The year of the hammer and squeeze

Industry should set a course that strengthens systems, quality and rigor

By Loren Israelsen, President, UNPA

2016 felt like the year of hammer blows and the squeeze play, with the finale the unpredicted win of Donald Trump as president. I count myself among those who close this year pondering the state of affairs globally, nationally and personally.

A number of historians have noted that the changes we see in national opinion, the break up of historic alliances and the flows of displaced peoples and disruptions this creates are well-known patterns. We feel these same forces within our own industry. At its heart, we appear to be in the midst of a great Squeeze. This Squeeze is the flight of stability, a sense of prospects and opportunity of the “middle class” of our industry, who are the rank-and-file ingredient supplier, contract manufacturer and small retailer. Like elsewhere, many have a sinking feeling, while a few are doing spectacularly well. This middle part of our industry is the ballast of the boat and the gyroscope that keeps us balanced. As they are the center point between the consumer and the origin of ingredients, they are feeling the pressures of lower consumer prices but rising costs to meet GMP, quality and global-supply standards.

And then there is the Hammer.  CONTINUE →

UNPA announces former FDA investigator Larisa Pavlick as its new VP, Regulatory & Compliance

Appointment to enhance organization’s quality assurance and education initiatives

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 14, 2016) — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Larisa Pavlick to the newly created position of Vice President, Regulatory & Compliance.

In her new position, Pavlick will oversee and lead the association’s efforts to assist its members and the industry comply with dietary supplement good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations and assist in its overall regulatory affairs initiatives involving FDA, the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and others state and federal agencies.

“Larisa’s appointment greatly strengthens our ability to fulfill UNPA’s goal of ensuring safety, science, quality and consumer confidence in the dietary supplement marketplace,” said UNPA President Loren Israelsen. CONTINUE →


UNPA releases Arizona State Economic Report

The Grand Canyon State is an emerging powerhouse in the natural health products industry, and sales are expected to reach $3.72 billion by 2020. A downloadable fact sheet is now available!



UNPA is currently updating its Utah Dietary Supplement Directory, a fact-filled resource for anyone interested in the DS industry in Utah, widely considered the epicenter of DS manufacturing. Available Fall 2016.

Best-in-class liability insurance for best-in-class companies

UNPA is pleased to partner with RT Specialty to offer Platinum Program Product Liability Insurance that offers higher limits and lower premiums for companies that qualify.