The CRN team has been busy within the first 60 days of the new Congress to visit each office, talk to the members or their staffers, and share information about the dietary supplements industry.
The meetings focused on the value of dietary supplements to healthcare savings and the economy in general, as well as existing regulation for supplements under the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (“DSHEA”).
“The majority was very interested and many of the people we talked to were very knowledgeable about dietary supplements,” said Mike Greene, vice president, government relations, CRN.
“Our goal is to develop open lines of communication with legislators and to serve as a resource on potential legislative issues,” he added.
“We share a goal with Congress of ensuring that any potential dietary supplement legislation is crafted to protect consumers while still providing them appropriate access to beneficial, safe products without being inappropriately burdensome on taxpayers, regulatory agencies and industry.”
The current round of visits were of the old-fashioned face-to-face variety, Greene added that the association would harness new technologies going forward to continue to educate members of government on the dietary supplements industry.
Having ticked off all 112 new offices, CRN is now gearing up for its annual Day on the Hill on June 15.
“CRN’s annual Day on the Hill in June will provide our member companies an opportunity to meet with individual congressional offices and share their concerns and ideas, not just as representatives of the dietary supplement industry, but also as employers, economic contributors and constituents,” said Greene.
“This dialogue is an important next step in building and strengthening relationships with key decision makers in Congress.”