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Communications Committee

Chairperson: Suzanne Shelton (The Shelton Group Public Relations)
Staff Contact: Haley Chitty

Committee Purpose:

  • To generate positive publicity about herbs and to counteract adverse publicity promptly;
  • To publicize AHPA's activities on behalf of the herbal products industry.

AHPA Members, if you would like to join this committee, please email the staff contact.

 

Committee Meeting Minutes and News

Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Communications Committee Meeting Minutes

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March 2015 Communications Committee Meeting Minutes

AHPA Communication Committee Meeting Minutes

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Committee-Related News

AHPA Member Reception at Expo West

AHPA Member Reception at Expo West

March 5, 2020, 6:00-8:00 PM -- Sheraton Park Hotel, Plaza D Ballroom

The member reception is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss the latest developments in the herbal industry.

AHPA Events at Expo West 2020

March 3-7, 2020 -- Anaheim Convention Center, CA

Events include the Annual Member Meeting, Member Reception, Committee Meetings, the HerbWalk and the Board of Trustees Meeting.

AHPA Annual Member Meeting 2020

AHPA Annual Member Meeting 2020

Anaheim, California

AHPA's Annual Member Meeting features insights into industry trends, the board of trustees' election, and the presentation of the 2019 AHPA Awards. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from herbal industry leaders and network with your colleagues.
Nominations now being accepted for 2020 AHPA Awards

Nominations now being accepted for 2020 AHPA Awards

Submit nominations by Dec. 13 -- Awards presented March 4, 2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) 2020 Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual AHPA Member Meeting and Breakfast on March 4, 2020 at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, CA.

AHPA response to Consumer Reports article on echinacea and turmeric products

CR selected arbitrary standards for its analysis

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has assessed an article issued today by Consumer Reports (CR) on its analytical review of 16 echinacea and 13 turmeric products. AHPA has found that CR relied on arbitrary or internal standards for its analysis, apparently in order to support its preconceived view of herbal supplements, expressed by repeating in today’s article the false myth of ‘lack of regulation’ of dietary supplements.
AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

Our way of thanking members for all their invaluable contributions

AHPA Members and their friends attended the 2019 AHPA Member Reception at Natural Products Expo West. This event is AHPA's way of thanking members for all they do to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

AHPA corrects JAMA article that misidentifies illegal drugs as dietary supplements

Products adulterated with undeclared drugs are not dietary supplements

In a letter to the editor submitted to JAMA Open Network, American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin stressed that the herbal products industry shares concerns about unapproved drugs masquerading as dietary supplements, as outlined in a recent article, but also highlighted that the authors mislead readers by failing to make a clear distinction between unlawful, misbranded drugs and legal dietary supplements.

Claims substantiation webinar

Ensure supplement claims are truthful, legal, substantiated, and will help maximize your marketing

Recorded Aug. 21, 2018 -- Member cost: $199. Nonmember cost: $399.
Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers, and Product Marketers that Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Treat Opioid Addiction

Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers, and Product Marketers that Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Treat Opioid Addiction

Industry trade associations have been consistent in taking strong positions against marketing dietary supplements for treatment or prevention of diseases

The dietary supplement industry is aware of growing concerns regarding significant negative health impacts associated with opioid addiction and abuse. The leading trade associations of the dietary supplement industry support the responsible marketing and use of health-promoting vitamins, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, and other dietary supplements.

AHPA corrects inaccurate article on dietary supplements

Dietary supplements are regulated by an extensive framework of laws and regulations implemented and enforced by FDA and other federal agencies

AHPA sent this letter to the editor to The Daily Beast to correct an article ("Tom Price's Other Failure: Snake Oil Supplements," April 9, 2017) which inaccurately states that the FDA has been "prohibited from regulating dietary supplements," and falsely describes the industry as "unregulated."
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