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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

Committee-Related News

February 2020 AHPA Report

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The February 2020 AHPA Report includes a look at the recent U.S.-China trade agreement, the impact of the Coronavirus on the industry, AHPA's comments to USDA on the domestic hemp product program and the final schedule of AHPA Events at Expo West 2020.

AHPA submits comments to USDA on domestic hemp production program

Significant room for improvement in the hemp production Interim Final Rule and the subsequent Final Rule

In comments submitted to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), AHPA requested numerous, significant revisions to the Interim Final Rule (IFR) that establishes a domestic hemp production program before a Final Rule is promulgated in 2021.
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.

“Phase One” agreement with China provides some relief to supplement importers

Reduced tariffs will affect imports filed after February 14

A partial trade agreement signed by the United States and China on January 15, 2020, will reduce U.S.-imposed tariffs on some imported Chinese goods used by U.S. dietary supplement and food companies, but it will leave tariffs on other commodities in place, at least for the short term.

January 2020 AHPA Report

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The January 2020 AHPA Report includes class action claims reinstated on “adulterated” supplements, AHPA Events at Expo West 2020, McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook, and the 2020 Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress.

Dietary Supplements Regulatory Summit

Dietary Supplements Regulatory Summit

Washington, D.C.

Registration is now open for the annual Dietary Supplements Regulatory Summit (DSRS), taking place Wednesday, May 27, at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Now in its fifth year, the summit is an intimate, one-day, executive-level conference and networking event in the heart of the nation’s capital.

December 2019 AHPA Report: Looking back at 2019 and forward to 2020

December 2019 AHPA Report: Looking back at 2019 and forward to 2020

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The December 2019 AHPA Report includes a look back at 2019 and forward to 2020, Class action claims reinstated on “adulterated” supplements, AHPA Events at Expo West 2020, McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook, and the 2020 Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress.

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.

November 2019 AHPA Report: New Prop 65 Guidance, EPA Crop Group Advocacy, USDA Hemp Rule, Revised FDA Draft Guidance for Homeopathics

November 2019 AHPA Report: New Prop 65 Guidance, EPA Crop Group Advocacy, USDA Hemp Rule, Revised FDA Draft Guidance for Homeopathics

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The November 2019 AHPA Report includes new CA Prop 65 Guidance, an overview of USDA's rule for hemp, FDA's revised draft guidance for homeopathics, happy birthday DSHEA, McGuffin keynote at HIACON and much more.

FAQs: CA Prop 65 listing of nickel (soluble compounds)

Free guidance for AHPA members

On October 26, 2018, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed “nickel (soluble compounds)” as a chemical known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65. The listing went into effect for soluble nickel compounds on October 26, 2019. Companies need to be aware of the new Prop 65 requirements for certain products that expose consumers to soluble nickel compounds and should refer to the current Proposition 65 requirements to determine the appropriate format and content of any warnings necessary for their products.

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