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Our Mission

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods.

Our Expertise

AHPA has particular expertise on the history, science, and regulation of botanicals while its work also has significant influence on non-herbal dietary supplements. Similarly, AHPA expends its resources on issues in the U.S. marketplace and in the international arena, wherever member interests are served.

Our Members

AHPA is comprised of more than 350 domestic and international companies conducting business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products. AHPA members’ herbal products are in tea, beverage, dietary supplement, sports nutrition, personal care, pet and other product categories. AHPA membership also includes individuals, companies and organizations who serve the industry, including consultants, attorneys, media, researchers, educators, and medical professionals.

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AHPA Press Releases and Updates for the Media

AHPA Board of Trustees Updates Membership Application Policies

AHPA Botanical Constituents Credibility Guideline issued in support of new policies

AHPA adopted updated policies for reviewing membership applications and accepting or refusing membership to applicants during the March 9 meeting at Expo West. These updated policies are effective immediately.

Notice regarding emergency action on CA Proposition 65 warnings for exposures to bisphenol A (BPA)

Prop 65 warnings for products that cause exposure to BPA required beginning May 11, 2016

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice of emergency action on Monday April 18 that will affect Proposition 65 (Prop 65) warnings required for foods that present an exposure to bisphenol A (BPA).

Ultimate Fighting Championship Anti-Doping Chief Leads Luncheon at Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus

Coalition of Natural Products and Dietary Supplements Associations Sponsor Briefing for Lawmakers and Staff on Capitol Hill

The Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC) hosted Jeff Novitzky, Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), on April 14 for a luncheon and briefing for lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill.

AHPA endorses CARERS and Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Acts

Bills would help more consumers benefit from the medicinal properties of cannabis

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has endorsed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS Act) (H.R. 1538, S. 683), with the exception of the provision to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

Botanical Identification cGMP Compliance Workshop: HPTLC for Popular Botanical Materials

June 20 to 23 in Wilmington, NC

Consecutive workshops (Fundamentals: June 20-21 and Advanced: June 22-23) will provide hands-on experience testing the identity of popular botanical ingredients using High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC).

AHPA Events and Meetings at SupplySide West

Oct. 5-8, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

Join AHPA at the member reception, Botanical Congress and committee meetings at the SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas. 

Webinar: How to Choose a Contract Laboratory

May 18, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT

Learn what factors to consider before selecting a contract lab and and how to get your testing completed correctly

AHPA Botanical Ingredient GMP Compliance Workshop Series: Botanical, macroscopic and organoleptic assessment of herbal ingredients for cGMP compliance

May 26-27, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Hands-on workshop will provide a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods, quality assessment techniques and terminology, and demonstrate how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner

Results of AHPA's 2016 board of trustees' election

AHPA Update

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) congratulates the five members who were elected to serve three-year terms on the board of trustees during the association's annual member meeting on March 10 in Anaheim, Calif.
AHPA awards Sen. Tom Harkin, Robert Ullman, Steven Dentali, Paula Brown, and Aveda for contributions to the herbal products industry

AHPA awards Sen. Tom Harkin, Robert Ullman, Steven Dentali, Paula Brown, and Aveda for contributions to the herbal products industry

2016 AHPA Awards

AHPA presented its 2016 awards to Steven Dentali, Ph.D; Aveda, The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences; Dr. Paula Brown; Robert (Bob) Ullman (posthumous); and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA retired) for their substantive and positive contributions to the herbal products industry.

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2016 Annual Fund Sponsors

AHPA appreciates the support of its sponsors, but does not endorse, recommend, or provide a warranty for any sponsor company, its products or services. AHPA has no responsibility for any transaction entered into with any of these companies.