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Government Relations Committee

Chairperson: Staci Eisner (Cortex Scientific)
Staff Contact: Michael McGuffin

Committee Purpose: To monitor legislative and regulatory issues and agencies for the purpose of developing industry positions that conform to AHPA's mission.

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

 

Committee Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Government Relations Committee

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January 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Government Relations Committee meeting minutes

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Committee-Related News

CA Prop 65 Guidance for Tea and Infusion Products

Free guidance for tea and infusion products companies

AHPA has posted this free guidance to help tea and infusion product companies understand, navigate and mitigate liabilities related to California's Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). Since July 2016, numerous companies that sell or manufacture tea and infusion products, primarily marketers of branded finished products, have been the subject of complaints alleging violation of California's Prop 65 for failure to provide the required warnings.

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.

AHPA continues EPA advocacy to expand crop groups to cover more botanical commodities

EPA proposes two new crop groups to cover herbs and spices

In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week, AHPA continued to encourage the agency to expand its use of its crop grouping regulations by including more botanical commodities in two proposed new crop groups to help ensure that all of the minor crop botanical commodities marketed in the U.S. are covered by federal regulations.

Happy Birthday DSHEA!

AHPA celebrates the 25th Anniversary of DSHEA

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.”

Webinar: Compliance with FDA’s Revised Nutrition Labeling Regulations

Nutrition labeling requirements for foods and supplements scheduled to take effect January 1, 2020

Recorded October 29, 2019, this webinar offers expert insights into the nutrition labeling requirements for foods and dietary supplements 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.

Food & Beverage Issue Alliance requests FDA enforcement discretion for new nutrition labeling rule

AHPA joins 12 leading trade associations to request FDA enforcement discretion

AHPA joined 12 leading trade associations to advocate FDA to provide flexibility in its enforcement of the new nutrition labeling rules as the January 1, 2020 compliance date approaches. In a letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless, the associations, acting as the Food & Beverage Issue Alliance, requested FDA to to provide a six-month period of enforcement discretion following the compliance date.
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.

Dietary supplement recalls are relatively infrequent according to recent FDA data

Dietary supplement recalls are relatively infrequent according to recent FDA data

Two percent of more than 800 recalls initiated in 2019 involved dietary supplement products

Recall data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that 14 of 803 (1.7 percent) recorded recalls initiated in 2019 involved dietary supplements, and among these, three were Class I recalls (the most serious recall class), according to an article published in the August 2019 AHPA Report.
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