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AHPA issues 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.

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)

AHPA meetings and events at Natural Products Expo West

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

March 7-10, 2018 -- Anaheim Convention Center, California

AHPA Launches GACP-GMP Assessment Program

AHPA Launches GACP-GMP Assessment Program

Free resources help industry 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).

American Herbal Products Association and ASTM International Sign MOU on Cannabis Standards

Groups will work together on standards for the cannabis industry

Global standards organization ASTM International and the American Herbal Products Association announced a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on standards for the cannabis industry. The news comes in advance of the first meeting of ASTM International’s new cannabis committee, June 11 and 12.

AHPA endorses Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act

Legislation would help boost federal expertise on botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has formally endorsed the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (H.R. 1054) and will be advocating for the bill's passage in the U.S. Congress.

AHPA Issues Guidance on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials

AHPA members have volunteered to apply the portions of the guidance document relevant to their operations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is developing an assessment program for its recently adopted Guidance on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials.

AHPA submits comments to DEA on potential impacts of scheduling herbal constituents

DEA should avoid restricting research on new medical uses, health benefits, or other uses for botanicals

In comments submitted last week to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the agency to refrain from using its authority to effectively remove a plant from the existing marketplace because naturally occurring constituents become scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

"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.

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. Member cost: Free. Nonmember cost: $99

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