The mission of the American Herbal Products Association is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA has adopted numerous policies in support of this mission through a process that includes significant input from AHPA members. The resultant decisions represent meaningful self-regulation for the herbal products industry.
Code of Ethics
AHPA members are required to comply with a Code of
Ethics & Business Practices and to adhere to all of its policies and principles.
This Code of Ethics was adopted by the membership and reflects the ethics of
the responsible companies and organizations within the herbal products trade. The Code can be revised by
the adoption of trade recommendations. AHPA actively pursues the adoption of
specific trade recommendations that serve to provide informed guidance for the
herbal products industry. These policies are developed when it is determined that a
significant body of evidence warrants, for example, labeling or manufacturing
standards beyond those mandated by the federal laws that govern herbal products. By taking responsibility for its own business practices, AHPA and
its members ensure that those practices are informed by knowledge and experience.
AHPA develops guidance policies to advance its mission to promote
the responsible commerce of herbal products. These policies address a variety of
labeling and manufacturing issues and reflect the consensus of AHPA’s members
and its board of trustees. Unlike AHPA’s trade recommendations, compliance with
AHPA’s guidance policies is not a condition of membership. However, AHPA
encourages its members and non-member companies to adopt each of these policies
in the interest of establishing consistent and informed trade practices.
AHPA's Bylaws serve as a
constitutional document to guide the operation of the association. The Bylaws
define the two AHPA membership categories, describe the structure and
authority of the board of trustees, and establishes rules for elections and
other decision-making processes. Through the Bylaws, the rights of each company
that joins AHPA are ensured.