CRN, ACI Announce Co-Chairs, Agenda Preview for 9th Annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements

APRIL 1, 2021 

—Co-Chairs include Steve Mister, CRN; Scott Bass, Sidley Austin LLP; Christine Burdick-Bell, Pharmavite, LLC; Tara Falsani, Nature’s Way—



WASHINGTON—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced co-chairs and a preview of the agenda for the 9th annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements.

Co-chairs include Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO; Scott Bass, partner and head, global life sciences, Sidley Austin LLP; Christine Burdick-Bell, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Pharmavite LLC; and Tara Falsani, general counsel, vice president, and secretary, Nature’s Way.

“The industry is facing legal and regulatory challenges never seen before,” said CRN’s Mister. “Between the unknowns of a new administration, prospects for DSHEA 2.0, the explosion of social media influencers, and a drive towards adopting sustainable and ethical business practices, every industry executive needs to be at this forum.”

The conference attracts both in-house and outside counsel, regulatory compliance personnel, quality control specialists, and government relations professionals. Attendees will learn how ever-changing industry regulations impact their company’s business decisions and how to develop long-term strategies for steering their companies through regulatory and legal challenges.

“This year’s speaker roster is stacked with top experts from industry, government, and academia,” said Pharmavite’s Burdick-Bell. “In addition to the main symposium, attendees have the opportunity to customize their learning experience through elective workshops.” Day two of the conference features a claims substantiation working group session, during which attendees will take a closer look at the use of influencers while balancing FTC guidance, consumer feedback, and emerging forms of social media.

The final day of the conference will begin with a deep-dive into international legal and regulatory challenges and considerations. Attendees will learn to devise strategies that ensure cross-border commercial success, while complying with complex rules and regulations specific to individual countries.

Early-bird registration is now open. CRN member companies can save 10 percent on registration using the code on CRN’s website. Early booking is encouraged for this popular industry-wide event.

The Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements takes place virtually June 8–10 and is produced in collaboration with the American Conference Institute (ACI). Workshop topics and agenda details are available on the event website. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn.