Two leading U.S. dietary supplement trade associations will say goodbye to senior members of their team this month. Daniel Fabricant, PhD, vice president of global government and scientific affairs at the Natural Products Association (NPA), announced February 2 that he is leaving NPA at the end of February to join the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the director of the agency’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs.

This FDA position had been held by Vasilios Frankos, PhD, who left the agency in early 2010 to join the supplement company Herbalife as senior vice president of product compliance and safety.

Herbalife, based in Los Angeles and one of the largest nutritional network marketing companies in the world, will also soon employ Andrew Shao, PhD, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). Shao will join Herbalife on March 7 as vice president of global product science and safety, serving under Frankos.

Prior to joining CRN in 2005, Shao was a senior scientist at GNC and a member of the research and development team at Kemin Health.