ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International, a global independent public health organization that provides training, writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the health sciences, water, food, and consumer goods industries, has awarded Nutritional Laboratories International (NLI) Director of Quality Assurance Jera’le Smith the first Dietary Supplement Quality Professional (DSQP) certificate. The DSQP training program educates dietary supplement quality and technical professionals on compliance to 21 CFR 111 requirements, providing them with the knowledge to deliver safer, higher-quality, reliable products.

Affiliated with the University of Mississippi, the DSQP training program teaches participants technical, scientific and regulatory knowledge, as well as the skills and confidence to make successful business decisions. The training is designed for quality leaders and technical professionals, such as Jera’le Smith, as well as manufacturing, engineering, regulatory affairs, and research and development professionals.

Certificate of Completion, NSF Dietary Supplement Quality Professional Training Program

“The extensive industry experience of NSF’s instructors helps provide real-world case studies of workplace situations and one-on-one interaction,” said Jera’le Smith. “I would recommend this series of courses to all professionals who want to establish their leadership in the dietary supplement field and assist with the compliance and success of their organizations.”

“The industry is in great need of this program. The DSQP courses have been very valuable to Nutritional Laboratories and are something that all manufacturers should take advantage of,” said Terry Benishek, President/CEO, Nutritional Laboratories, an NSF GMP registered facility.

Based on the requirements set forth in 21 CFR 111, the DSQP program includes 12 modules offered during a one-year period. The modules educate professionals on the requirements such as cleaning, process definition and control, documentation management, stability, laboratory controls and ensuring methods are fit for purpose. Additionally, professionals learn current FDA principles including risk assessment, vendor qualification and supply chain management.

The modules can be taken individually or participants can choose to enter the program at any point and take all 12 modules to earn DSQP certification from NSF International and the University of Mississippi.

NLI Director of Quality Assurance Jera’le Smith has more than 25 years of experience in quality assurance management in the manufacturing environment, providing NLI with in-depth regulatory knowledge and the understanding of how to implement industry requirements. She has been with NLI since its inception in 1997 and under her direction NLI has earned NSF Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) registration and certification for the production of USDA organic, kosher and halal products.

NSF International partnered with the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), an association of dietary supplement and functional food companies, and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi to launch the DSQP training program. NCNPR is an alliance of academia, government and the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries focused on integrating research, development and commercialization of natural products.

Courses are offered by UNPA in Salt Lake City, UT; NSF International in Ann Arbor, MI; NCNPR in Oxford, MS; and in conjunction with industry events.

For more information, vist NSF's course schedule or contact NSF Business Development Manager Dave Trosin at dtrosin@nsf.org  or at 734-827-6856.

Editor’s note: If you would like to set up an interview with an NSF Health Sciences expert, email Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or call 734-913-5723.

About NSF International (www.nsf.org): Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA, NSF International is a global independent public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries. Established in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 150 countries.

The NSF Health Sciences Division offers training and education, consulting, auditing, GMP and GLP testing, certification, R&D and regulatory guidance for the pharmaceutical, medical device and dietary supplement industries throughout the product lifecycle. The division also supplies pharmaceutical secondary reference standards, traceable to USP and EP standards. NSF wrote the only accredited American National Standard (NSF/ANSI 173) that verifies the health and safety of dietary supplements and also tests and certifies products to this standard. The NSF Health Sciences Division operates globally throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

NSF International offers ISO 13485 registrations for medical devices and CE marking delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. (NSF-ISR), as well as drinking water filtration certification through the NSF Global Water Division. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, environmental and sustainability services through NSF Sustainability and training courses through NSF Training and Education.