Regulatory, Technical and Formulations for New Infant Formula Notifications – Challenges and Opportunities

April 2, 2019, at 1:00 PM Eastern

Presented by EAS Independent Consultants Robbie Burns, Ph.D. and Timothy Morck, Ph.D. and Independent Advisor for Food and Color Additive Safety, Robert Martin, Ph.D.

The submission stage of a New Infant Formula Notification may seem like the beginning of the end of a years-long process of research and strategic development. But, without all the right documentation in place, this last step prior to product launch can be unnecessarily delayed for those companies not well-prepared for the rigors of FDA review and assessment.

Just some of the roadblocks Infant Formulas face is that all ingredients must be GRAS specifically for Infant Formula use, Approved Food Additives, or have a history of safe use in U.S. formulas. The submissions which demonstrate this must also show that their formulations deliver on nutrient label declarations throughout shelf-life with nutrient levels within FDA-established ranges. Some examples of required studies include Protein Efficiency Ratio test for protein quality, nutritional shelf life stability studies and infant growth monitoring studies, all which must demonstrate the product is produced under processing conditions that assure safe and consistent formulas. Finally, when all the data is available it is assembled into a well-designed New Infant Formula Notification (NIFN) which is submitted to and reviewed by FDA. Learn the steps to NIFNs as well as the pitfalls and challenges companies face in leading up to the assembling of an Infant Formula dossier. EAS Consulting Group’s experts, scientists, and leaders in their fields at FDA and industry will walk you through challenges and pitfalls which delay or prevent final FDA approval of this most important nutrient for growing infants. Join Robert Martin, Ph.D., Robert Burns, Ph.D. and Timothy Morck, Ph.D. for an informative and technical overview of one of FDA’s most challenging applications.

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Learn more about EAS services with New Infant Formula Notifications as Allen Sayler and Robbie Burns, Ph.D. share critical information on FDA expectations for safety and submissions of NFINs.

About the Presenters

Robert Martin, Ph.D., Independent Advisor, Food and Color Additive Safety

Dr. Robert Martin is a former deputy director of FDA’s Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review. His 38-year career at the agency included service as a research chemist and as a consumer safety officer in the Division of Food and Color Additives. He became a supervisor and team leader after that division was renamed the Division of Petition Control. Dr. Martin holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgetown University.

Robert Burns, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Robert, “Robbie” Burns retired from the Grocery Manufacturers Association as former Vice President of Health and Nutrition Policy. Previously, he was the Global Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Director at Cadbury Schweppes where he worked to establish consistent global standards and strategies for the improvement of product pipelines. Prior to Cadbury, he was at Mead Johnson Nutritionals where he worked on the scientific and regulatory aspects of new and reformulated infant formulas, Medical Foods and other nutritional products. Robbie has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Queens University in Belfast, Ireland with Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the Universities of Nottingham and Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of nearly 50 papers and articles and has been an invited speaker at dozens of international symposiums and conferences.

Timothy Morck, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Timothy Morck provides expertise in nutrition-related research, product development, regulatory and public policy and global scientific affairs. Dr. Morck’s career includes clinical nutrition practice, research, and medical school faculty appointments, scientific association management, entrepreneurial personalized nutrition start-ups, and executive and senior management positions at several global food, nutrition and pharmaceutical companies including The Dannon Company, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Abbott Nutrition, Nestle Health Science and Nestle Corporate Affairs. The interplay between the legal, scientific, and regulatory framework surrounding medical foods has been a particularly sharp focus for him. He received a B.S. in animal science from Penn State University, followed by MS and Ph.D. degrees in nutrition (biochemistry & physiology minors) from Cornell University.

OTC Drug Monographs, Past, Present, and Future – Part 1

OTC Monograph Regulations a Five Part Webinar Series

Join EAS Independent Advisor for OTC Drugs and Labeling, Susan Crane, as she explores the history of OTC Monographs, why reforms are necessary and being undertaken now, and how OTC drug companies can expect those changes to impact their labels in the future in a five-part series.

Qualified Individuals – FDA’s Final Link in the Chain of Food Safety and Food Imports

April 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern

The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011, includes an important provision for food importers under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Final Rule. Namely, Part 1 Subpart L, Section §1.503 requires that importers of human and animal food enlist a Qualified Individual (QI) who has responsibility for developing a program and performing each activity under the program to ensure that the products that they are importing are not adulterated or misbranded (in regards to allergens) and have been produced in accordance with the preventive control regulations for human or animal food (CFR §117 & 507 respectfully), or the Produce Safety Rule (CFR §112). 

Companies importing finished food and food ingredients for further processing into the U.S. must have a QI, either an employee or someone contracted to perform QI duties. This FSVP QI looks at each supplier closely and determines whether the foods or food ingredients they produce meet FDA’s strict safety requirements by assessing the supplier’s food safety plans and determining whether adequate controls are in place that would reduce or minimize harm due to biological, chemical and physical hazards. The QI would also have to identify verification activities that would ensure that the hazards are being addressed. Based on the type of activity identified, the importer may also have to enlist a Qualified Auditor (QA) to perform this function.

Everyone with a role in the importation of foreign sourced foods should be familiar with applicable FSVP requirements including brokers,exporting shippers, foreign suppliers, and others. This comprehensive approach can help better protect food safety.

Join EAS Independent Advisor for FSMA and former FDA Seattle District Officer, Charles Breen and EAS Independent Advisor for Import Operations and former Director of the FDA’s Division of Import Operations, Domenic Veneziano, for an informative and fast-paced webinar on understanding the requirements of an FDA Qualified Individual and Auditor. Reserve your seat today!

About the Presenters

Charles Breen, Independent Advisor, FSMA Consulting Services

Mr. Breen became available to EAS Consulting Group after a distinguished career at the FDA working in areas such as HACCP and LACF and BSE prohibited materials in the dairy. Mr. Breen has worked with the industry on compliance issues related to the Bioterrorism Act of 2003 and led the field and HQ professionals in developing and implementing surveillance and compliance programs, and initial FSMA training implementation. His attention to detail has garnered him an FDA Award of Merit, Outstanding Achievement and five Commissioner Special Citations.

Domenic Veneziano, Independent Advisor, Import Operations

Mr. Veneziano is a veteran FDA specialist with over 24 years of Agency experience. He served as director of the FDA’s Division of Import Operations for more than ten years. In that role, he was responsible for oversight of FDA’s import operations program and provided leadership, guidance, and direction to approximately 1,000 field investigators in more than 320 U.S. ports of entry. He also served as co-lead in the development of the FSMA import regulations and was the senior advisor on the implementation of FSMA and the FDA Safety and Innovation Act. Mr. Veneziano began his FDA career in 1992 as a field investigator in the New England District specializing in medical device inspections. In 1998 he became a supervisory investigator in New England overseeing the medical device and import programs.

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance of GMP Laboratories

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance of GMP Laboratories

April 23, 2019

Denver, CO

This one-day intensive program will discuss FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements for Research and Development and Quality Control Laboratories. The course will cover GMP regulations for physical, analytical, and microbiological laboratories including analyst training and qualification; the labs’ physical facility and environment; instrument qualification, calibration and maintenance programs; laboratory sample control processes; the management of standards and chemicals; the management of data; and overall laboratory documentation. The development, verification, validation, control, and use of test methods as well as transfer thereof will also be discussed. An entire session will be dedicated to the performance of thorough, timely, unbiased, well-documented, and scientifically sound Out-of-Specification (OOS) investigations since this is one of the most critical laboratories quality systems. Tips regarding establishing quality agreements with clients and handling the FDA during an inspection will also be provided.

FDA issues of concern will be highlighted throughout the program with emphasis placed on recent FDA regulatory or administrative actions. All of this will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of laboratory GMPs and how to meet FDA’s requirements.

Dates and Location

April 23, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown
1400 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80202





Group Rate, two or more from the same firm – 10% per person (GROUP10)
Federal/State Government Employees – 10% per person (GOV10)

Registrants with Promotion codes - Limit one Promotion code per transaction


  • Training manual with the slide presentation
  • lunch


Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D., Senior Director, Dietary Supplement and Tobacco Services

Tara Lin Couch Ph.D.Dr. Couch is a Ph.D. Analytical / Organic Chemist with over 25 years of diverse laboratory and regulatory experience in academic, field, contract, and manufacturing environments. She possesses exceptional analytical abilities as demonstrated also by her B.S. in Mathematics. She has served as the Study Director on numerous EPA and clinical studies as well as directed the Quality Control department at a pharmaceutical and dietary supplement manufacturing facility. The latter entailed directing all aspects of the quality control analytical and microbiological laboratories including management of the company Stability Program and Quarantine Area operations. Dr. Couch also provided scientific expertise and technical support for new product development, product reformulations, and on-going production challenges. She served as the scientific head of a Strength and Purity Verification Testing Program committee, which provided full label claim testing on dietary supplements to meet all Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) regulations and expectations of the FDA. Her talents were also utilized to evaluate and set raw material and finished product specifications and prepare product summaries (white papers) for dietary supplement products.
As a consultant, Dr. Couch has assisted numerous dietary supplement companies with the development, improvement, and implementation of strong Quality Systems that are scientifically sound, efficient, practical and compliant with all FDA regulations. She is an experienced speaker having presented numerous scientific and regulatory compliance lectures around the country, conducted in-house and external Dietary Supplement GMP trainings, and taught entry level to graduate level chemistry courses and laboratories at several academic institutions.

Who Should Attend?

This program would benefit individuals involved in the Regulatory Affairs, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Research & Development, Validation/Qualification, laboratory analysts, supervisors, and managers. It will be of particular interest to those charged with implementing, validating and maintaining laboratory compliance programs.

Minimum Registration Policy

  • Should the minimum enrollment number for the seminar not be met, EAS has the right to cancel within 45 days of the training and refund the registration fee in full.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received before 46 days prior to the training event will result in a $95 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after that date. Substitutions will be allowed as long as notice is given to EAS in advance.

For More Information

Government Shut Down Impacts FDA and Industry Operations

As the Government Shut Down continues, FDA recently announced that agency operations will continue to the extent permitted by law, maintaining core functions that address imminent threats to the safety of human life as well as activities funded by carryover user fee funds. FDA will continue to respond to emergencies – such as monitoring for and quickly responding to outbreaks related to foodborne illness and the flu; support high-risk food and medical product recalls when products endanger consumers and patients and pursue civil and criminal investigations as appropriate and continue screening food and medical products that are imported to the U.S.. Mission critical surveillance for significant safety concerns with medical devices and other medical products will also continue. During this period of lapsed funding, however, FDA does not have legal authority to accept user fees assessed for FY 2019 until an FY 2019 appropriation or Continuing Resolution for the FDA is enacted. This includes regulatory submissions for FY 2019 that require a fee payment and that are submitted during the lapse period.

Steps to Develop Compliant SOPs Discussed in AHPA Report

The December American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Report (subscription required) included an EAS authored article on steps to develop fully compliant Standard Operating Procedures. Though the development and detail of each SOP is at the discretion of individual companies, they should provide a thorough manual that enables each employee to understand their roles and responsibilities and how to perform and document them with regard to the cGMPs. As current practices evolve, so too should SOPs as they are designed to be living documents, representing best practices and required procedures.

FDA Encourages Innovation and Safety as Part of Medical Device Regulatory Overhaul

EAS authored an article in MedTech Intelligence on FDA’s efforts at encouraging innovation while keeping a close eye on safety as part of a medical device regulatory overhaul. FDA is working to retire outdated predicates for 510(k) submissions as well as improve their post-market surveillance system through a multi-collaborative effort called National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST).

Couch Shares Thoughts on Contract Laboratory Best Practices as Part of Insider Q&A

Senior Director for Dietary Supplement and Tobacco Services, Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D. participated in a discussion with other industry leaders on best practices for contract laboratories in a recent Natural Products Insider. Contract labs are often enlisted to certify that products are fully and validly tested, and the relationship with these labs can sometimes be complicated by a lack of provided material and product matrix information to ensure that appropriate, scientifically valid test methodologies are used. Couch and her industry colleagues share thoughts on how to convey expectations and develop agreements.

Join EAS for Complimentary Webinar Series on OTC Monograph Reforms

Join EAS Independent Advisor for OTC Drugs and Labeling, Susan Crane, as she explores the history of OTC Monographs and how OTC drug companies can expect updates to the Monograph system to impact their labels in a webinar series starting January 16, 2019. Part one will discuss the history of OTC monographs and why reforms are necessary. Part two is February 27, 2019 and will discuss understanding the FDA and FTC Labeling and Claim Requirements for Cosmetic and Homeopathic products in the OTC market. The final sessions, with dates to be announced will discuss what makes a drug an OTC and the Monographs Compliance System; and GMP obligations – understanding how the GMPs are Applied and how to prepare for FDA Inspection. Reserve your seat today!

Drug and Device January 2019

Guidance Document updates on the FDA website

All centers:

Developing and Labeling In vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices for a Specific Group or Class of Oncology Therapeutic Products


Noncirrhotic Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis With Liver Fibrosis:  Developing Drugs for Treatment

Post-Complete Response Letter Meetings Between FDA and ANDA Applicants

Current Good Manufacturing Practice—Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act


New and Revised Draft Q&As on Biosimilar Development and the BPCI Act (Revision 2)

Questions and Answers on Biosimilar Development and the BPCI Act

The “Deemed to be a License” Provision of the BPCI Act Questions and Answers Guidance for Industry

Interpretation of the “Deemed to be a License” Provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009

Biomarker Qualification: Evidentiary Framework

Data Integrity and Compliance With Drug CGMP Questions and Answers

Clinical Trial Endpoints for the Approval of Cancer Drugs and Biologics

Developing and Submitting Proposed Draft Guidance Relating to Patient Experience Data


User Fees and Refunds for Premarket Approval Applications and Device Biologics License Applications


Recommendations for Dual 510(k) and CLIA Waiver by Application Studies

Select Updates for Recommendations Select Updates for Recommendations Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Waiver Applications for Manufacturers of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Test Systems for Over-the-Counter Use

Blood Glucose Monitoring Test Systems for Prescription Point-of-Care Use

Clarification of Radiation Control Regulations For Manufacturers of Diagnostic X-Ray Equipment

Breakthrough Devices Program


Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Blood Collection Establishments and Transfusion Services to Enhance the Safety and Availability of Platelets for Transfusion

Labeling of Red Blood Cell Units with Historical Antigen Typing Results


Studies to Evaluate the Metabolism and Residue Kinetics of Veterinary Drugs in Food-Producing Species: Study Design Recommendations for Residue Studies in Honey for Establishing MRLs and Withdrawal Periods