HP-Self-Regulation - American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

Technical Workshops

AHPA regularly presents in-person technical workshops to train the herbal products industry on the latest tools and methods that help ensure high-quality products and compliance with federal and state regulations.

Upcoming Events

AHPA submits GMO labeling recommendations to USDA

AHPA submits GMO labeling recommendations to USDA

USDA proposal would hinder consumer access to information on genetically modified foods

In an effort to ensure American consumers can discern if their food includes GMOs, AHPA recommended significant revisions to a proposed rule issued by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to establish a mandatory, national bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard.

Author: AHPA Staff
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Seventh Annual Botanical Congress

AHPA's Botanical Congress provides a unique opportunity to learn from herbal industry leaders

November 10, 2018 - SupplySide West - Mandalay Bay -- Las Vegas

Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA Presents at Canna West 2018

AHPA Presents at Canna West 2018

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Johnson highlights AHPA resources for the cannabis industry

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion yesterday on testing and labeling standards for cannabis products to increase product safety and decrease producers’ liability at Canna West 2018 held in Los Angeles.
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AHPA President Michael McGuffin urges companies selling kratom to comply with all applicable laws and regulations

Statement delivered during press conference

AHPA President Michael McGuffin stressed that any company looking to sell kratom or kratom products must comply with all applicable laws and regulations during a press conference.
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Rate of NDI notifications reported by FDA unexpectedly drops

Rate of NDI notifications reported by FDA unexpectedly drops

More than half of most recent NDI notifications available from FDA filed without comment

More than half of the most recent new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the last six months were filed without comment, but the rate of notifications reported received by the agency is dramatically lower than previously observed for any six month period since the initial six months in 1995 when the agency first began accepting and filing notifications.
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AHPA supports FDA Guidance making pure or highly concentrated caffeine dietary supplements unlawful

AHPA policy prohibits the sale of pure caffeine

FDA issued guidance titled, "Highly Concentrated Caffeine in Dietary Supplements: Guidance for Industry," to explain that it generally considers pure or highly concentrated caffeine dietary supplements, sold in bulk directly to consumers, to be adulterated because they present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury. The principle in this guidance is consistent with a policy adopted by AHPA members in 2015.
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AHPA Presents at 18th Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB)

Dr. Holly Johnson discuses critical uses of reference materials for botanical authentication

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., presented on the critical uses of reference materials for botanical authentication at the 18th Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB) on Tuesday.
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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.
Author: AHPA Staff
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Leading North American herb associations promote Good Agricultural and Collection Practices

GACPs provide a framework to help growers, harvesters, and processors ensure quality

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the Canadian Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture Association (HSSA) encourage the use of recognized Good Agricultural and Collection Practices in the North American herbal products market.

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Handbook promotes safe use of herbs to prevent drug interactions

Handbook promotes safe use of herbs to prevent drug interactions

Botanical Safety Handbook features extensive data on herb safety

To help ensure the safe use of herbal supplements and prevent drug interactions, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) produced the Botanical Safety Handbook to summarize the latest research on the safety of more than 500 species of herbs.
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