The Natural Products Association (NPA) has axed two of its regional operations and is creating a state government relations position to fill the gap.
Last week, the NPA board of directors decided to close NPA West and NPA Rocky Mountain, taking the total number of regional offices down from seven to five.
Daniel Fabricant, VP of scientific and regulatory affairs at NPA, said the two operations were no longer viable. Both failed to meet organizational requirements instituted in November 2008 that Fabricant said related to financial and administrative matters.
John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO, added: “The most important role of our organizations is advocacy. Bad ideas that are enacted in one state can spread to others.”
So instead of having separate offices for the West and Rocky Mountain regions, the NPA is creating a new position on a national level to carry on state level work.
“We have already begun interviewing candidates to fill a newly created state government relations position to address that threat,” said Gay.
Although the NPA is axing two of its regional offices, Fabricant said the other five remain viable and no plan is in place to reduce numbers further.
NPA president Pat Sardell: added: “It is critically important that we maintain a high level of effectiveness in representing the industry - both at the national and regional levels so this decision, while difficult, was necessary and will ensure a stronger future for the entire natural products industry.”
The NPA represents the natural products industry with more than 10,000 members spread across the food, supplements and beauty/health industries.