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Claims & Compliance: Understanding FDA and FTC Regulations for Wellness Brands

Led by FDA and FTC legal and regulatory experts, this webinar will provide you with invaluable insights and guidance to navigate the complex landscape of regulatory compliance. Heather M. Bustos (Bustos Law Group), Kerry Tassopoulos (Tass Law), and Susanne Mitschke (Citruslabs) reveal how to create product claims for skincare/cosmetic, superfood & supplement brands without risking legal trouble.

Whether you’re a startup entrepreneur, marketing leader, or researcher at an established wellness company, this webinar is designed to equip you with the knowledge and insights to navigate the regulatory landscape, achieve compliance, and confidently share your product with the world.

You’ll learn
- FTC guidelines for influencer marketing
- Insights into FDA and FTC regulatory compliance specifically for wellness products
- Guidance on creating product claims for skincare, cosmetics, superfoods, and supplements that minimize legal risks
- The complexities of regulatory compliance and how to navigate them effectively
- Strategies for crafting product claims that are both impactful and legally sound
- How to confidently promote wellness products in compliance with regulatory standards
- Practical knowledge to ensure your products meet regulatory requirements and can be safely marketed both from an FDA and FTC perspective

About the Speakers
Susanne is passionate about supporting brands to achieve scientifically valid health claims and was named Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018 and 2020. Before Citruslabs, Susanne created the #1 health app for baby boomers called MindMate which has won multiple awards and is often titled "the ultimate Alzheimer's app".

​Citruslabs is the fastest-growing CRO (contract research organization) for brands. Citruslabs' mission is to provide brands with affordable clinical studies to create research-backed product claims that drive business growth. Brands like HUM Nutrition, Supergut, Saie Beauty, Common Heir, and Your Super are trusting Citruslabs with their clinical studies.

Heather Bustos
Bustos Law Group
​Heather has a background as a former corporate general counsel, which rounds out her ability to assist companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. Heather has a proven ability to think creatively about business strategies for compliance and makes the process easy to understand.

​Bustos Law Group is an FDA compliance law firm that works with companies in regulated industries like food, supplements, cosmetics, devices, and OTC drugs. They help companies succeed by reviewing their products for compliance with FDA, FTC, and CBP regulations.

​​Heather has helped numerous companies get into grocery chains and worked with foreign Fortune 100 cosmetic companies to expand their brands to the U.S. by reviewing their full line of products and marketing for federal compliance.

Kerry Tassopoulos
Platt Richmond PLLC
Kerry Tassopoulos is Of Counsel and a corporate, regulatory, and compliance attorney with Platt Richmond PLLC. He has practiced for more than 35 years in Texas, primarily as an in-house attorney and business executive. His focus has been on helping business leaders, employees, and other stakeholders successfully deal with the legal and regulatory challenges affecting their operations each day. During his career he has handled a wide variety of legal issues, successfully designing and implementing effective legal strategies to address complex matters, reducing and mitigating risk to his clients. Prior to joining Platt Richmond, he was Of Counsel with an AmLaw 200 law firm, providing legal and public affairs advice to a variety of clients.

Kerry left Mary Kay Inc. after a 25 year career which culminated in his role as Vice President, Public Affairs and Compliance. During his tenure at Mary Kay he developed experience through his senior counsel responsibilities, managing both in-house legal staff and external law firms and consultants. In addition, he was directly involved in the leadership of the public affairs/corporate communications, risk management, business research and records management functions. He worked with colleagues in dealing with the Texas Department of Health, the U.S. FDA, OSHA, FTC and foreign regulatory agencies.

He served as General Counsel of Jani-King International, an international franchisor, and Director of Government Affairs at Excel Communications, a direct seller of telecom products. These experiences provided him with an understanding of the regulatory priorities, policies, and enforcement approach of state, federal, and international governments as well as FDA and FTC regulation in the franchising, business opportunities, direct sales, and multi-level marketing, product claims, and product advertising areas.

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