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UNPA announces expanded in-house education and training for food and supplement companies

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 23, 2017) —  In an effort to assist its members and the broader natural health products industry in improving and maintaining regulatory compliance, the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is now offering onsite education and training courses for food and dietary supplement companies.

UNPA’s onsite education and trainings provide a host of efficient and cost-effective staff trainings that can save companies time, money and travel costs, plus they allow for confidential, proprietary discussions and solutions with staff and trusted suppliers as they develop policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance. “These onsite, in-house trainings allow UNPA to further its mission to help companies reach and maintain compliance with ever-evolving federal regulatory requirements,” said UNPA President Loren Israelsen. “The onsite trainings have been met with universal approval as a smart, efficient way to accomplish staff education and raise the bar for quality initiatives in the dietary supplement category.”

UNPA’s onsite training program is led by Larisa Pavlick, UNPA’s VP of Global Regulatory & Compliance, a 20–year industry veteran, who most recently served as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Denver district office. As an FDA investigator, Pavlick has been in more than 200 facilities, and she is a lead instructor for the standardized coursework for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), part of the requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). She will shortly become a lead instructor to teach standardized training for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), also a requirement of FSMA. CONTINUE →

Who’s your PCQI?


By Loren Israelsen, President, United Natural Products Alliance

If I were to ask, “Who is your PCQI?” (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual), there would be three typical responses:

1. What is PCQI?
2. I don’t know; I’ll ask around and get back to you.
3. Yes, we do have a PCQI (BTW: PCQI is a person, not a thing!).

If an FDA investigator or a major customer were to ask this question of you or your staff, then what? I confess, it took me a while to get the acronym and the concept of PCQI straight in my head, so if that is your situation, you are not alone.

What’s a PCQI?

So, what (remember, it is a “who”) is PCQI?

Preventive Controls for Human Foods is one of seven provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSMA aims to “ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”  CONTINUE →


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 →


Asiaceutical Insights magazine Fall 2017

Featuring the 16-page UNPA Insert

Featured Video

Oct 4, 2017 —Larisa Pavlick, UNPA VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance interviewed by Nutraingredients-usa at SupplySide West.




  • Save the Date: Members’ Meeting at Expo West, Anaheim, Calif., March 8, 2018
  • Save the Date: Annual Member’s Meeting, Salt Lake City, May 8-10, 2018

See the Events page for a complete listing of UNPA educational events. 

New Prop 65 Insurance Coverage

Announcing new Prop 65 insurance coverage for dietary supplements from LifeScienceRisk, a UNPA member. Unlike previous coverage, this is a stand-alone policy that was developed after a careful review of Prop 65 claims and cost of administrative defense and settlements.



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 Summer 2017.

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.