International Regulatory Affairs Advisor
After a career in industry as General Manager of a company making licensed natural medicines, food supplements and cosmetics, Penny Viner spent 7 years as Director of the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA), whose members manufacture food and medicinal products, and is now its President. Penny also chairs the UK Herbal Forum, and is Director and Secretary of the British Association of Homoeopathic Manufacturers. Previously she was a Director and Secretary of the UK branch of the European Food Law Association. She was a member of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission Expert Advisory Group on Herbal and Complementary Medicines and a member of the Ministerial Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group, set up to advise the Government on regulatory options. She is also an industry representative on the MHRA’s Medicines Industry Liaison Group. Until the end of 2013 she was a Project manager for the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), writing its monthly newsletter and coordinating its Scientific Group. Currently, she writes a quarterly International Regulatory Supplement for the European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers, and is Vice-Chair of its Botanicals and Regulatory & Quality Working Groups. Penny is also an independent consultant on food and medicines regulation.