Vickie Forster is the principal consultant and founder of Forster & Associates Consulting (F&A), established in 2000. With her 18 years of experience in the agricultural regulatory business sector, Vickie services her clients with an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory requirements in the agricultural industry for plant-based biotechnology and chemical products. Since F&A’s inception, Vickie has provided her clients with a proven path to success in gaining the desired results in achieving their regulatory goals.
USDA, FDA and EPA regulatory approvals for regulated plants derived through biotechnology and expressing novel traits. F&A is well versed in the USDA Plant Pest Act, FDA 1992 Guidance for Novel Food/Feed and EPA FIFRA, FQPA and FFDCA legislation, including the PIP Rule.
EPA pesticide registration and tolerance expertise.
Canada’s CFIA and Health Canada approvals for Novel plants, including confined and unconfined release (environment), novel livestock feed, and novel food.
Strategic regulatory project planning: timelines, cost assessments and the impact of global regulatory approval status with regard to commercialization of a project.
Globally, Vickie works with a network of regulatory partners in major export and trading partner markets to assist with global regulatory approvals, timelines and requirements.
Managed a comprehensive field trial program for a foreign client including GLP field trials for a biotechnology-derived crop.
Directed and managed the regulatory program for a mid-size independent seed company, including gaining several international approvals to facilitate trade.
Provided guidance, strategic regulatory planning including timelines and task costs, and dossier preparation for several multinational biotechnology clients.
Completed Compliance and Documentation Processes Project for a major U.S. seed company.
2000 – present: Principal of Forster & Associates Consulting, LLC
1988 – 1993: Began career with Schering AG in Berlin, Germany, in 1988, as a Group Leader in the Environmental Chemistry (Ökochemie) Department
1993: Transferred to Schering’s U.S. subsidiary, Nor-Am Chemical Company where she joined the Regulatory Affairs Department assuming responsibilities for a wide-range of chemical active ingredients
1997-1999: Managed several projects for the Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs department at AgrEvo USA Company (now Bayer CropScience, LP), including those for herbicide-tolerant and high-yield canola and herbicide-tolerant sugarbeet. Vickie also had leadership responsibilities for all USDA permits, including biotech and plant quarantine, and notifications.
B.S. Chemistry (cum laude), Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 1982
M.S. Physical Chemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 1987