CHPA Selects John Punzi as Director, Quality Assurance and Technical Affairs and Jay Sirois as Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

Washington, D.C. (January 16, 2012)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today announced that John S. Punzi, Ph.D. , and Jay E. Sirois, Ph.D., were selected to serve as directors within CHPA’s Regulatory and Scientific Affairs department led by Barbara A. Kochanowski, Ph.D., vice president.  Marcia D. Howard, Ph.D., currently serves as senior director.

Punzi is serving as director, Quality Assurance and Technical Affairs.  He is the coordinator for CHPA’s Product Quality and Operations Workshop and the CHPA liaison to the Manufacturing Controls Committee and its subcommittees. In addition, Punzi acts as CHPA’s industry liaison to external standards-setting agencies, including the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and oversees the industry’s involvement in USP monograph modernization.  Punzi represents CHPA member companies as their delegate to the 2015 USP Convention.

Prior to joining CHPA, Punzi worked for more than nine years as a senior chemist at the Science and Technology Division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and for five years at the Health Effects Division at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Sirois is serving as director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and is responsible for regulatory and scientific affairs activities, including cooperative programs with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ingredient safety, and dietary supplement programs at CHPA.

Prior to joining CHPA, Sirois was employed at Pharmaceutical Development Group as director, Scientific Research and Clinical Studies.  He is experienced in pharmaceutical, medical device, and dietary supplement regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, prescription to over-the-counter switch, product safety, and clinical research.

 “I’m thrilled to have such a strong and diverse team in Regulatory and Scientific Affairs,” Kochanowski said. “We have a variety of projects where Jay’s regulatory and pharmacology expertise can be immediately applied.  John’s chemistry and government team leadership skills will be critical in moving ahead our work with FDA and USP to modernize ingredient monographs, a priority project.”

Contact: Jenni Terry, 202-429-9260

CHPA is the 131-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.