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4Life Appointed to Expert Review Panel

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Salt Lake City, Utah (February 2, 2011) 4Life is pleased to announce the recent appointment of 4Life employee Shauna Roman to the Expert Review Panel for Validation of Botanical Identification Methods. At 4Life, Roman serves as the Analytical Services Manager.

Formed by AOAC International, the Scientific Association Dedicated to Analytical Excellence®, the Expert Review Panel establishes guidelines for validation of botanical identification methods in the herbal supplements industry. This panel includes representatives from the USDA, FDA, academic professionals, and the industry at large.

AOAC has a contract with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to support FDA initiatives on dietary supplements, including good manufacturing practices (gMPs).

“One of the great challenges of gMPs,” says Roman, “is that compliance requires at least one identity test for every incoming lot of raw material, but in the dietary supplements community, botanical identification isn’t well-defined. This new appointment will give 4Life a seat at the table in establishing these guidelines.”

4Life Chief Scientific Officer Calvin McCausland, PhD: “The analytical data that this panel is tasked with identifying helps us understand the structure-function benefits of our products. Shauna Roman’s appointment is a very positive step forward for 4Life and for our industry.”

4Life has offices on five continents to service a global network of independent distributors through science, success, and service.

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