Annette Dickinson is a consultant on the regulation of conventional foods and dietary supplements and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She worked in Washington, D.C., for over 30 years for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association of the dietary supplement industry. During that time, she was responsible for regulatory and scientific affairs for CRN and served as the association’s President prior to her retirement and move to Minnesota in 2005.
Dr. Dickinson is the author of CRN’s publication The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements, a comprehensive review of the evidence demonstrating the health benefits of core nutritional supplements including multivitamins. She was appointed in 2002 to serve a 3-year term on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Advisory Committee. She was appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels (1995-1997) and has been a frequent witness before the U.S. Congress and at other public forums. Her expertise includes the legal and technical aspects of marketing conventional foods and dietary supplements, including provisions relating to formulation, labeling, advertising, and good manufacturing practices. She earned her Ph.D. in nutritional science and her M.S. in food science from the University of Maryland.