The organization’s Associate Member category, which was launched this year, extends membership to industry-related service companies and professionals, including regulatory consultancies, including GMP, NDI, GRAS, labeling, formulators, technical, research, and other legal, legislative and related service providers; law firms; PR and media agencies; financial and investment advisors; academic and teaching institutions; and other professional and advisory providers.
“As the natural and organic products industry matures, aligning best-in-class service providers with the manufacturing and distribution side of the business has become crucial to maintain the growth, quality and integrity of the industry,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president.
“Being able to fully utilize the expertise and resources offered by these seasoned professionals, who provide quality services to match the capital investments in manufacturing, science and technology we’re seeing from our existing membership, is a high priority for UNPA. This in turn provides tremendous benefit to all UNPA members,” he added.
The 10 Founding Associate Members are:
• Amin Talati LLC
• Law Office of Holly Bayne
• FDA Compliance Group
• Healthy Bizz
• Joy's Quality Management Systems
• Reynolds Consulting
• The Shelton Group
• Brad Williams
• Virgo Publishing
UNPA also announced that prospective Associate Member companies that join the association by July 31 will become UNPA Founding Associate Members and will be able to display the UNPA “Founding Associate Member” logo. Associate Member candidate companies must be fully vetted and voted in by UNPA’s Membership Committee.