The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) was founded in 1982 by a group of companies active in the trade of botanicals.
AHPA is now the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry, comprised of domestic and foreign companies doing business as importers, growers, processors, manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of herbs and herbal products.
AHPA exists to promote the economic health of the herbal products industry and to help make high quality herbal products available to consumers. The Association serves its members by promoting the responsible commerce of products that contain herbs and that are used to enhance health and quality of life.
AHPA originally adopted its Code of Ethics & Business Conduct in 1991. Members of the Association are required to sign a statement of compliance with the Code and to adhere to all of its policies and principles. In their voluntary endorsement of these meaningful guidelines, AHPA members support the promotion of industry self-regulation. Responsible commerce is best assured by the adoption of policies that are developed from experience and knowledge, and the self-regulatory model relies on the experience of the governed industry.
One of the central tenets of AHPA’s Code is its flexibility. As stated in this document, the Code can be revised either by the issuance of a trade requirement (which term has the same meaning as the term “trade recommendation” as used in the AHPA Bylaws, Article IX, Section 1) by the Association’s elected Board of Trustees, or by action of the membership. While the latter mechanism is rarely used, the Board has actively pursued the adoption of specific trade requirements that serve to provide specific guidance for the herbal industry.
This Code of Ethics & Business Conduct reflects the ethics of the American Herbal Products Association, as determined by action of its members. Only an active and supportive membership, one that shares a commitment to responsible trade in quality herbal products, can give real meaning to the words contained here and make this document reflective of a vital and growing herbal industry.