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About

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade organization that has embraced the cannabis industry as part of the herbal products marketplace, with all the advantages that experience provides. For the last 37 years, AHPA's mission has been to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers have informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods. And since 2010, we have been actively involved in the regulatory, legislative, and technical aspects of moving cannabis into the legal marketplace.

When an herb experiences explosive growth, it attracts players with both short and long term interest. Working to institute a level playing field can help ensure the cannabis market has a long future as a significant segment of the herb industry. For those companies intending to build long term, sustainable businesses, involvement in AHPA demonstrates that the responsible core of the industry is viewed by regulatory agencies and legislators as just that.

AHPA and Cannabis: Quick Facts

  • The indispensable support we’ve provided to companies trading in herbs for decades is vital to the cannabis market.
  • AHPA offers unmatched understanding of the FDA and its food and dietary supplement regulations, particularly pertaining to the hemp and CBD marketplace.
  • The collective resources available to AHPA members includes significant regulatory and legal compliance expertise to help you protect and grow your company.
  • AHPA’s active advocacy in the regulatory, legislative, education, and technical aspects of moving cannabis into the legal marketplace spans nearly a decade.
  • For 37 years, AHPA has been the only trade organization working exclusively with “herbs of commerce,” helping members bring products to market in a highly regulated environment.
  • The cannabis industry’s most influential companies and legal partners are AHPA members.

Committee Purpose

Address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species.

Committee Members

AHPA members include the most influential companies and legal partners working to ensure a stable, long-term cannabis industry. Whether you’re growing and harvesting, processing, manufacturing, testing or marketing, our expertise provides crucial support from seed to sale. If your goal is to grow a sustainable business, join our community to help shape the future of the cannabis marketplace.

Committee Chair

Asa Waldstein (Advanced Extraction, LLC)

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Guidance

Recommendations for Regulators

Committee Meeting Minutes and News

Meeting Minutes

October 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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March 7, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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November 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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August 29, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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March 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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Committee-Related News

AHPA President Michael McGuffin delivers keynote at 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON)

AHPA President Michael McGuffin delivers keynote at 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON)

McGuffin discusses opportunities and challenges for those marketing hemp-CBD as a dietary supplement

AHPA President Michael McGuffin discussed opportunities and challenges for companies marketing hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) in products labeled as dietary supplements at the 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON) held in Charlotte, NC this week.

October 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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October 2019 AHPA Report: Foreign cGMP inspection trends, Prop 65 amendment dropped, CBD advocacy and more

October 2019 AHPA Report: Foreign cGMP inspection trends, Prop 65 amendment dropped, CBD advocacy and more

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The October 2019 AHPA Report includes recent CBD advocacy, AHPA at IADSA, foreign cGMP inspection trends, nutrition labeling enforcement discretion advocacy, nutrition labeling webinar, AHPA events at SupplySide West and more.

AHPA joins dietary supplement industry to urge swift congressional action on CBD

Congress urged to pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from hemp is a lawful dietary ingredient

This week, the four leading trade associations representing the U.S. dietary supplement industry joined forces to urge Congress to take action to ensure consumer safety and provide legal clarity in the cannabidiol (CBD) product marketplace. In a letter, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) called on Congress “to pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from the hemp plant is a lawful dietary ingredient if the dietary supplement containing the CBD meets established product safety and quality criteria.”
September 2019 AHPA Report: Labeling guidance, GRAS, Glyphosate, AHPA at AOAC and more

September 2019 AHPA Report: Labeling guidance, GRAS, Glyphosate, AHPA at AOAC and more

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The September 2019 AHPA Report includes guidance on herbal supplement labeling, AHPA at AOAC INTERNATIONAL, climate action in the health and nutrition industry, the glyphosate debate, GRAS: Meeting the burden of persuasion, AHPA at SupplySide West and more.

Guidance: Federal Labeling Requirements for Herbal Dietary Supplements

Updated to reflect changes from May 2016 Final Rule revising FDA’s nutrition labeling regulations

AHPA has revised it's labeling guidance for herbal dietary supplements to cover updated nutrition labeling requirements for foods and dietary supplements that are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2020 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales and January 1, 2021 for smaller manufacturers.
August 2019 AHPA Report: Data shows supplement recalls are relatively infrequent, insights from the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, Prop 65 enforcement data and more

August 2019 AHPA Report: Data shows supplement recalls are relatively infrequent, insights from the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, Prop 65 enforcement data and more

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The August 2019 AHPA Report includes an analysis of FDA recall data, recent CA Prop 65 enforcement trends, the first warning letter addressing FSVP, insights from the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress and updated guidance for hemp-CBD.

CO Gov Jared Polis charts course for CBD and hemp innovation at sold-out AHPA Supplement Congress

CO Gov Jared Polis charts course for CBD and hemp innovation at sold-out AHPA Supplement Congress

USDA and FDA officials share key information for companies selling hemp-CBD in dietary supplements

Colorado Governor Jared Polis rallied more than 200 hemp farmers, manufacturers, producers, retailers, and industry professionals during his keynote address to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Hemp-CBD (cannabidiol) Supplement Congress held earlier this month.

July 2019 AHPA Report: McGuffin celebrates 20 years, CBD Advocacy, IADSA, AHPA in the News and more

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The July 2019 AHPA Report includes an open letter from AHPA President Michael McGuffin on his 20 years as AHPA President, recent CBD advocacy, AHPA's recommendations for supplement innovation, AHPA email alerts and much more.

CA Prop 65 Guidance for Hemp Products

Regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 for hemp and hemp-derived products

AHPA has published Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Hemp Products to educate the hemp industry about the regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 for hemp and hemp-derived products, including cannabidiol (CBD), sold in the State of California.
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2019 Annual Fund Sponsors

  

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