Howard Joins CHPA’s Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Department

Washington, D.C. (August 4, 2004)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) announced this week the addition of Marcia D. Howard, Ph.D., to the Association’s scientific staff. Howard assumes the lead on CHPA’s scientific and regulatory efforts on nutritional supplement issues.

“We are so pleased to have a person with Marcia’s expertise join our incomparable science team,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “She will be a valuable resource to our members and staff, especially now as the Association works more closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advance its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s program priorities.”

In her role as associate director of scientific affairs, Howard will be the principal staff executive on nutritional supplements. In addition, she will play a critical role in the planning and coordination of the Association’s annual Research and Scientific Conference, scheduled for May 5-6, 2005. Howard also will assist other CHPA scientists on over-the-counter (OTC) medicine topics and actively participate in the CHPA Foundation’s work to better understand consumer behavior with respect to the safe use of OTC medicines and nutritional supplements.

Howard comes to CHPA from the Department of Physiological Sciences at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to Oklahoma State, she served as a graduate assistant at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; a claim representative and underwriter at State Farm Insurance Company; and a research technician at the Frederick Cancer Research Facility at Program Resources, Incorporated.

Howard has degrees in biochemistry and pharmaceutical sciences. She is a student member of the Society of Toxicology, as well as a member of the International Neurotoxicology Association and the Southern Regional Educational Board Chapter of the Compact for Faculty Diversity.

Contacts: Elizabeth Assey and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260


CHPA is the 123-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.