Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced Monday that representatives from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be featured speakers at The Conference, which takes place later this year, according to the press release.

Ted Elkin, who is the director of the FDA’s Office of Analytics and Outreach, will discuss a variety of topics, including the role of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the enforcement of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and more.

The associate director of the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices, Mary K. Engle, will be talking about the commission’s role in “policing untruthful, misleading or unsubstantiated consumer advertising, particularly related to health benefit claims for dietary supplements and functional foods,” according to the press release. She will also be discussing various other topics, including the interactions between FTC and FDA.

The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry will be taking place on October 21 through October 24 at the Ritz-Carlton, Rango Mirage in Palm Spring, CA. Both speakers will be addressing the audience on the morning of the first full day of the event (Thursday, October 22).

Also announced by CRN's international arm, CRI-I, has been the agenda for its 6th annual scientific symposium, "Nutrient Reference Value – Non-Communicable Disease (NRV-NCD) Endpoints: A case for both essential and non-essential nutrients." This event will be held on November 20th in Kronberg, Germany, and discussion topics will include "Bioactives and DRI (NRV) Values," "Omega-3 Fatty acid (DHA/EPA) Research," "Evidence-Based Nutrition and the Problem of Proof" and more.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, September 2015, (online 7/27/15, updated 7/29/15)