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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

"Incidental DNA fragments" may be misinterpreted using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

A caution to industry and regulators

This article, "A caution to industry and regulators - 'Incidental DNA fragments' may be misinterpreted using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)," is authored by Dr. Steven Newmaster, Professor, Botany & Genetics/Genomics at the University of Guelph, Dr. Subramanyam Ragupathy, Senior Scientist, NHP Molecular Diagnostics at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, and Dr. Robert Hanner, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at TRU-ID Ltd. These leading DNA experts detai challenges and pitfalls of DNA analysis used to verify the identity of herbal ingredients.

California Prop 65 Webinar: A Status Update

Companies selling products in California should understand recent and developing Prop 65 changes

This webinar will provide an overview of several significant developments related to California's Proposition 65. Companies that sell products in California should understand these recent changes and be prepared for additional changes that are in development.

Webinar: FDA Inspections, Warning Letters and Emerging cGMP Compliance Issues

Tips to help you better allocate compliance resources

This webinar is designed to help businesses in the dietary supplement industry understand the elements of 21 CFR 111 / current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations that FDA inspections have been focusing on recently.

AHPA meeting and events at Natural Products Expo West

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

March 8-12, 2017 -- Anaheim Convention Center, California

Free AHPA-Covance symposium: New Analytical Tools to Protect Your Supply Chain

AHPA President Michael McGuffin to present on supplement regulations

AHPA is teaming up with Covance to bring you this free half-day mini-symposium. Designed with you in mind, this event will deliver insight and leading perspectives with the opportunity to speak directly to experts in the industry.

AHPA expresses concern about DEA using emergency scheduling authority to temporarily classify herb as schedule I substance

AHPA requests DEA to delay action

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) urging the agency to reconsider using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily place constituents of the herb kratom into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Takeaways from AHPA's NDI draft guidance webinar in the September AHPA Report!

September 2016

FDA Seeks Comment on Tentative Conclusion that Vinpocetine Is not a Dietary Ingredient

FDA maintains vinpocetine is a synthetic compound

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice scheduled to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register requests comments on the agency's tentative conclusion that vinpocetine is not a dietary ingredient and is excluded from the definition of a dietary supplement.

Report from the 2016 Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting

By Douglas F. Gansler

In January, AHPA and UNPA launched a joint campaign to develop working relationships with state attorneys general (AG) and educate them about the herbal supplement industry to ensure they have an accurate understanding of the industry. Former Maryland Attorney General  and Past President of the National Association of Attorneys General. Gansler was hired to help deliver information and expertise about the industry to his colleagues.

Free AHPA Webinar Examines Revised NDI Draft Guidance

Herbal industry experts provide analysis of 2016 Draft Guidance for New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs)

Recorded August 30, 2016


2016 Annual Fund Sponsors

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