Presented by Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D.
One of the most fundamental concepts in the dietary supplement regulation dictated in 21 CFR 111, Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements, is the role of the Quality Unit (QU). The QU is responsible for reviewing and approving all controlled processes and documentation; as well as making all disposition decisions for raw materials, packaging components, labels, in-process materials, and finished dietary supplement products. It is therefore essential that these quality responsibilities are clearly defined and assigned to appropriate personnel. This can be readily accomplished with a designated QU department at a single firm. However, the dietary supplement industry is an industry of contractors. Own Label Distributors (OLDs) often use multiple contractors to manufacture product, package and label product, test product, and then hold and distribute product to consumers. Given this complexity, the assignment of QU responsibilities can become quite confusing and even entirely lost. The establishment of a Quality Agreement among the contractors can resolve this by defining the QU obligations and responsibilities of each party involved. Learn what constitutes a Quality Agreement and how to establish one with your contractor in the EAS Webinar, Quality Agreements in the Complex World of Dietary Supplements.
About the Presenter
Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D., Senior Director for Dietary Supplement and Tobacco Services
Dr. Tara Lin Couch is a Ph.D. Analytical / Organic Chemist with exceptional analytical abilities and over 25 years of diverse laboratory and regulatory experience in academic, field, contract, and manufacturing environments. She is a sought-after expert on issues pertaining to Quality Control in pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and tobacco manufacturing facilities including the establishment of specifications and the development of well-organized, sophisticated laboratories. As a Senior Director for EAS Consulting Group, Dr. Couch has assisted numerous companies with the development, improvement, and implementation of strong Quality Systems that are scientifically sound, efficient, practical, and compliant with all FDA regulations. She also performs mock FDA inspections, gap-analyses, and contractor facility audits. In addition, Dr. Couch provides GMP and laboratory training via seminar, webinar, and on-site presentations.
Tara serves on various industry committees for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), and the Food, Drug Law Institute (FDLI). She is also active in the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).