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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

Free AHPA Webinar to Examine Revised NDI Draft Guidance

Herbal industry experts to provide analysis of 2016 Draft Guidance for New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs)

August 30, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT

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.

FDA Releases Revised Draft of NDI Guidance

Revised draft replaces FDA’s 2011 draft

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released revised draft guidance for new dietary ingredients (NDIs) to be published in the Federal Register on Friday. The revised draft replaces FDA’s 2011 draft.

AHPA-ABC HerbWalk at Expo East to Tour Jim Duke's Green Farmacy Garden

Sept. 21 at 1:00 EDT in Baltimore

Hop on the bus and join a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional uses from a sanctuary of approximately 300 native and non-native species of plants that have been used traditionally and/or researched for medicinal purposes. Hearing about the various herbs from the experts will make this event one of the highlights of your Expo East visit.

Congress Clears Federal Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill to Be Signed into Law

Federal law would preempt state GMO labeling requirements

AHPA President Michael McGuffin comments on bill's passage

FDA Issues Final Rule Amending Food Facility Registration Regulations

Rule effective date: September 12, 2016

On July 13, 2016, FDA issued the final rule, “Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities.” The final rule implements the food facilities registration provisions of section 415 of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); amends and updates Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration regulations; and improves the utility of the food registration database.

2016 AHPA Botanical Congress to Focus on Global Supply Chain, Financial Trends, Regulatory Issues

Breakout sessions will explore cannabis regulations and Aloe vera research

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) will hold its fifth annual Botanical Congress on Saturday, October 8 from 7:30am-5pm at SupplySide West in Las Vegas.

Submit Updates for the Next Edition of AHPA's Herbs of Commerce

Deadline for submissions is Aug. 1

Herbs of Commerce 3rd Edition is coming. AHPA begins open call for updates and additions.

AHPA Presents on GACP and GMP for Herbal Ingredients at ACI Conference

AHPA leading industry consensus process for creation of self-regulatory initiatives

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin discussed development of good agricultural and collection practices (GACP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) in the herbal ingredient supply chain on June 28 at the American Conference Institute's (ACI's) fourth annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements in New York City.

Wilson Lau to chair AHPA Board of Trustees

Lau replaces Graham Rigby

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Executive Committee has appointed Wilson Lau as chair of the AHPA Board of Trustees until March 2017.
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2016 Annual Fund Sponsors

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