Resources - 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.

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Guidance on California Proposition 65 for herbal products

Updated August 2018, this guidance covers heavy metals, naturally occurring substances and two processed botanicals

Updated Proposition 65 guidance informs the herbal products industry about legal liabilities related to naturally occurring substances in some natural products sold in the state of California
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Primer on Product Liability Insurance for the Dietary Supplement Industry

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This document was first published in September 2010 and updated in March 2018. It provides a basic understanding of products liability insurance and the processes involved in purchasing this insurance by dietary supplement companies.

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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AHPA expands online Botanical Safety Handbook with new information and research

AHPA expands online Botanical Safety Handbook with new information and research

Online BSH features extensive safety information on more than 500 botanicals

AHPA has expanded several entries in the online Botanical Safety Handbook to include the latest herb safety information and research.
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Technical issues prevent FDA from evaluating majority of recent NDI notifications

AHPA NDI Resources can help you avoid costly pitfalls

Nearly four of five new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications recently submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had technical issues that prevented FDA from being able to determine safety, according to AHPA's NDI Database.
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Guidance on organic dietary supplements

Guidance on organic dietary supplements

Guidance on organic regulatory requirements, from farm to packaged product

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Quality Assurance International Inc. (QAI) announce the availability of an updated, free resource for the health supplement industry titled Guidance on Formulation and Marketing of Dietary Supplements Under the National Organic Program (NOP).
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FDA Inspection Trends, cGMP Compliance Issues and Responding to an FDA 483

Recorded Nov. 30 and Dec. 14

This two-part webinar provides an update on the elements of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations (21 CFR 111) that have been the primary focus of recent FDA inspections. Experts also provide strategies to respond to an FDA  483 in order to avoid a warning letter.

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Guidance on test methods used to identify ethanol

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Guidance covers a number of physical, chemical, spectrometric and chromatographic methods for the identification of ethanol.
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Guidance on foreign matter limits in herbal ingredients

Guidance recommends plant parts of the same herbal raw material species, other than those named in specifications, should not exceed 5% (by weight), and all other foreign matter should not exceed 2% (by weight)
Author: AHPA Staff
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Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for botanical materals

Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for botanical materals

Best practices and assessment tools help ensure quality of botanicals at every step of the supply chain

AHPA has developed a set of free assessment tools to help the herbal products industry evaluate and document policies and procedures that ensure high quality herbs and herbal ingredients throughout the supply chain. The assessment tools are designed to be used with AHPA's recently released Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials (GACP-GMP).
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