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International Insights: Inside NAFTA and Opportunities Overseas

Available: On Demand

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is back in the news as a new U.S. White House administration flirts with renegotiation. This webinar will provide an overview of what dietary supplement and ingredient marketers need to know now about NAFTA, and will help them prepare for possible changes in the way they are required to do business with neighboring nations to the north and south. Participants will also hear perspectives from experts within the Canadian and Mexican dietary supplement and nutraceuticals markets. In addition, the webinar will include a whirlwind tour of top opportunities and top challenges in European markets, designed to give a quick overview and topline taste for those considering expanding even further.

This webinar will help you:

  • Understand North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as it relates to dietary supplements and ingredients
  • Learn the potential impact if NAFTA is renegotiated
  • Learn insider perspectives from experts from within the Canadian and Mexican dietary supplement and nutraceuticals industry
  • Identify opportunities for growth in the European marketplace

A Q&A period will follow speaker presentations.

Speaker and Topics:

Jim Griffiths- Introduction
John Dardis- Winning on the international market: The benefits of NAFTA and beyond
Elizabeth Diaz- Dietary Supplements in Mexico for Dummies: What can I do and can't do?
Krista Coventry- An International Snapshot of the Canadian Natural Health Products Sector
Amy Mozingo- Food supplements in the EU: A strategic approach to market entry
All Speakers- Q & A

Moderated by:

James C. Griffiths, Ph.D.
Vice President, Scientific & International Affairs, CRN

Dr. Griffiths is responsible for CRN's science-based international policy and regulatory work, and is the CRN staff liaison for CRN International (CRN-I). He has more than 25 years of experience in the area of food safety and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining CRN, he spent five years with the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) where he managed food and dietary supplement strategic initiatives, including those related to global food and dietary supplement alliances. He began his career as a regulatory review toxicologist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. His background also includes various scientific and regulatory positions at Burdock and Associates, the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers' Association, International Specialty Products, Avon Products, and others. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed publications, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Excipients and Food Chemicals. He is currently serving a two-year term as president for both the Toxicology and Safety Division, Institute of Food Technologists, and the Society of Toxicology's Food Safety Specialty Section. Dr. Griffiths holds a B.A. in biology from Columbia Union College in Maryland and earned his Ph.D. in Toxicology from Rutgers University & Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.


John Dardis John Dardis Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President Group Sustainability & US Corporate Affairs, Glanbia

Dr. John Dardis is senior vice president for group sustainability and U.S. corporate affairs with Glanbia, a global nutrition company. Based in Illinois, Dardis oversees Glanbia’s public affairs, corporate reputation, media relations, crisis management and communications working with a diverse range of businesses that are part of Glanbia’s footprint in the United States, including cheese, whey, ingredients, customized solutions and sports nutrition operations. In April 2017, he took on responsibility for the groups sustainability efforts.

Dardis previously served as Ireland’s First Secretary for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Irish Embassy in Washington where he managed Irish agricultural food trade interests and was involved in the EU-U.S. trade negotiations as a technical expert. Dardis has held senior positions in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, including managing food safety controls and policy, and Ireland’s engagement in European food agriculture and biotechnology research policy and foresight.

Elizabeth Díaz Bautista Elizabeth Díaz Bautista
Sanitary Advisor, Insignia Legal Consultancy

Elizabeth Díaz Bautista was general manager of the National Association of the Dietary Supplement Industry in Mexico. She was the key point of contact with national and international authorities, such as the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) in Mexico and the U.S. FDA. She also liaises on priority matters with the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA, known in Mexico as ANAISA) and serves as the board secretary of ANAISA’s ethics committee, and provides coordination and support for ANAISA working groups. She provided official representation in the Pacific Alliance Agreement working group on dietary supplement technical barriers to trade. Diaz was responsible for development of a complete SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis for COFEPRIS food affairs as well as a financial analysis. She was a key point of contact for the global initiative “Executive Leadership on Food Safety” 2009 to 2011, and has served as head of the Mexican delegation to Codex meetings. Currently she is member of Insignia Legal as a legal advisor.

Krista Coventry Krista Coventry, M.Sc.
Director of Regulatory Affairs (Eastern Canada), Source Nutraceutical

Krista Coventry is the director of regulatory affairs (Eastern Canada) for Source Nutraceutical Inc., a Canadian contract research organization. She is a regulatory affairs specialist with 15 years of experience providing regulatory strategies and market compliance solutions to industry clients in the North American health products sector. Coventry also enjoys sharing her knowledge of current regulatory developments and ingredient trends by writing for several industry publications, and presenting at various industry events across North America. She is also the vice president of the Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada; a member of Health Canada’s Food Expert Advisory Committee; a member of the Board of Directors for CAPRA (the Canadian Association for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs); and Chair of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) Food Regulatory Advisory Committee.

Amy Mozingo Amy Mozingo
Associate, Regulations Nutrition International Consulting (RNI)

Ms. Amy Mozingo, associate, Regulations Nutrition International Consulting (RNI), serves as a U.S. based project manager for international regulatory projects. RNI areas of international expertise include Europe (including Russia, Ukraine and Belarus), Central Asia, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Switzerland. RNI’s consultants in the United States and France monitor developments in various countries and regions throughout the world, and provide regulatory strategies and support for global product launches.