Behind the Administrative Iron Curtain of the FDA and FTC

Behind the Administrative Iron Curtain of the FDA and FTC

Come join the Natural Products Association on December 6, 2023, for a webinar titled “Behind the Administrative Iron Curtain of the FDA and FTC”.

This informational webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of both the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Federal Trade Commission. This overview will include detailed and practical application of the agencies approach to claim review and compliance. How these agencies’ mandates impact and affect the supplement industry. The session will feature two experts with more than 60 years of experience working for these US Government agencies. This webinar will be the first in a three-part series.

Attendees will gain an understanding:

  • How are the FDA and the FTC organized
  • How are responsibilities segmented and assigned
  • What administrative power the FDA and FTC have and do not have
  • How the process works, from the opening of an investigation to the issuance of a complaint
  • What are risk factors for enforcement actions


Robert Durkin, Esq. – FDA and Healthcare Practices. Of Counsel to Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP

Bob joins AGG as of counsel in the firm’s FDA and Healthcare practices, and is a member of the Dietary Supplements industry team. As a former acting Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP) in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), he brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his legal practice. Just prior to joining ODSP, Bob was the acting Director of CFSAN’s Food Defense Staff. In this role, Bob led a dedicated group of professionals whose duty it was to determine the best regulatory strategies to help protect our nation’s food supply from intentional contamination.


Richard Cleland – FTC and Healthcare Practices. Of Counsel to Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP

Richard is Of Counsel at the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He has nearly thirty years of consumer protection experience. He joined the Iowa Attorney General’s Office in 1979 and was appointed Director of the Consumer Protection Division in 1984. Mr. Cleland joined the Federal Trade Commission in 1991. He served as Assistant Director of the Division of Advertising Practices from 2002 until 2022, when he retired. His special areas of concentration included substantiation of health claims and the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.



NPA Members – $99

Non-NPA Members – $799

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