Carolyn Fisher

February 5, 2014
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2014 Protein Trends & Technology Seminar

 Presentation: Opportunities & Headwinds in Global Ingredient Regulations

Speaker: Carolyn Fisher, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Decernis

Dr. Carolyn Fisher, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist with Decernis LLC, having started with the firm in January 2012. She manages the capture of global food additive data from over 150 countries and supports the development of rules and queries of this data to provide regulatory evaluation of ingredients and formulas for compliance with global food additive regulations. Carolyn communicates and translates customer desires into actionable working solutions utilizing database connectivity to current formulation computer systems. She provides customer training and issue resolution related to the food additive module within gComply Plus.

Before joining Decernis, Carolyn worked at McCormick & Co., Inc. where she started as QA Manager-Flavors then moved to Regulatory Compliance Manager–Flavors before finally being promoted to Global Science Network Manager. There she leveraged the company’s corporate-wide knowledge of spices and herbs by utilizing the collaborative abilities of the MGSN, a highly secure employee intranet filled with comprehensive information about spices and herbs.

Previous positions to McCormick included that of Visiting Assistant Professor to the University of Delaware, Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences (Newark, DE) and Visiting Scientist, University of Delaware, Dept. of Food Science. Carolyn began her career in 1978 as a chemist at Kalsec, Inc.(Kalamazoo, MI).

Carolyn has written articles for a variety of publications including Food Technology, Chemistry in Britain, J. Agric. & Food Chem, ACS Symposium Series: Food Phytochemicals for Cancer Prevention II:  Teas, Spices & Herbs among others. She co-authored the book Food Flavours: Biology & Chemistry published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1997).

Professional Affiliations include the American Chemical Society (ACS), Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and Sigma Xi (Life Member), and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). She is an instructor for the IFT short course, Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S. (2008 – present). She also is an IFT Fellow.

Carolyn has a MSc and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University (1978) and a BS from Wayne State University with a major in chemistry.

About Decernis: Decernis is an information company that offers products to assist industry and government to meet worldwide regulatory compliance and risk management needs. Among its many services, its Regulatory Reference Database, gComply, keeps clients current with their regulatory obligations using a web-based database covering over 160 countries and over 70,000 regulations.

gComply Plus is a suite of applications that can integrate with the client’s corporate system to provide total effective control of compliance and addresses the client’s needs:

•  To prepare a component and product level compliance analysis
•  To analyze and compare global threshold requirements for additives and contaminants by commodity group
•  To author global regulatory certifications and documents for a product or a raw material
•  To search for and obtain information concerning global regulatory status and requirements; and,
•  To provide an archive of a regulatory manager’s decisions to support auditing and institutional memory.

gComply Plus is a web application that can be deployed either as a remotely hosted system or behind the client’s firewall and integrated with corporate enterprise systems, that provides expert, rule-based red-light/green-light management reports for global compliance challenges; generates auditable compliance reports, certification documents, and regulatory profiles; provides an enterprise solution for analysis and reporting that integrates with the client’s own management systems; and allows the client to manage global compliance, increases product development speed, i.e. time to market, which prevents costly delays.

2014 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar Presentation Description:
Opportunities & Headwinds in Global Ingredient Regulations

Positive consumer attitudes, nutritional benefits and high functionality all propel an ingredient’s market demand.  However, regulations that govern its use are fundamental to an ingredient’s future in any region.  Using the proprietary Decernis database of regulations from over 150 countries, this presentation provides insights into how food ingredient regulations are being increasingly harmonized by global markets from Europe to Asia-Pacific and Latin America as well as where differences still exist. Specific protein additives will be discussed as examples of how to operate with thoughtful attention and identify opportunities within this ingredient category.