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Standards Committee

Co-Chairs: Aaron Secrist (NOW Foods)
Staff Contact: Dr. Holly Johnson 

Committee Purpose: To establish herbal industry standards that support the distribution of high quality products in the marketplace.

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


Committee Meeting Minutes and News

AHPA meetings and events at Natural Products Expo West

AHPA Annual Member meeting, reception, awards, committee meetings and more!

March 5-8, 2018 -- Anaheim Convention Center, California

AHPA participates in AOAC International Stakeholder Panel for Dietary Supplements

Four new SMPRs were approved and new calls for methods will be announced soon for kava, resveratrol, and skullcap

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, P.h.D, represented AHPA member interests at AOAC International's Stakeholder Panel for Dietary Supplements held in Washington, DC last week. The panel was chaired by Darryl Sullivan at AHPA member company Covance and Brian Schaneberg, director QA - regulatory, at member company Starbucks served as vice chair of the panel.
AHPA welcomes Dr. Holly Johnson as new Chief Science Officer

AHPA welcomes Dr. Holly Johnson as new Chief Science Officer

Dr. Johnson is a pharmacognosist with more than 20 years of experience
The most common FDA cGMP inspection observations of 2016-17

The most common FDA cGMP inspection observations of 2016-17

Data suggests inspections and compliance continues to increase

Data from the most recent FDA inspections of dietary supplement facilities conducted in 2016 and 2017 show FDA continues to inspect an increasing number of facilities annually and the industry continues to get better at communicating compliance to FDA inspectors.

AHPA issues guidance on test methods used to identify ethanol

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Guidance covers a number of physical, chemical, spectrometric and chromatographic methods for the identification of ethanol.

Guidance on foreign matter limits in herbal ingredients

Guidance recommends plant parts of the same herbal raw material species, other than those named in specifications, should not exceed 5% (by weight), and all other foreign matter should not exceed 2% (by weight)

September 28, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Joint meeting of the Analytical Laboratories, Botanical Raw Materials, And Standards Committees

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American Herbal Products Association and ASTM International Sign MOU on Cannabis Standards

Groups will work together on standards for the cannabis industry

Global standards organization ASTM International and the American Herbal Products Association announced a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on standards for the cannabis industry. The news comes in advance of the first meeting of ASTM International’s new cannabis committee, June 11 and 12.

AHPA encourages EPA to reform pesticide regulations

Vast majority of herbal crops are specialty or minor crops so they are seldom the subject of attempts by pesticide chemical producers to establish a pesticide tolerance

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments yesterday encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reform current regulations to maintain protections for consumers and the environment and reduce burdens on food companies that use specialty or minor crops such as herbs and spices in their products.

AHPA adopts labeling guidance for fungi products

Guidance becomes effective March 9, 2019

The Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) at its March 9, 2017 meeting authorized issuance of guidance for labeling products that contain fungi ingredients.

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