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AHPA online Botanical Safety Handbook updated with new information

AHPA online Botanical Safety Handbook updated with new information

Historical use as food added for plantain leaf, stinging nettle and elderberry

AHPA continues to expand and update the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. to provide the herbal industry with comprehensive safety information on over 500 species of herbs from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts.

AHPA requests USDA APHIS amend and delay Phase VI of the import declarations enforcement schedule

“Other” essential oils should be removed from the list of products covered under Phase VI

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), AHPA requests the agency to amend Phase VI of its import declarations enforcement schedule by removing “other” essential oils from the list of products covered under this phase.
Tony Hayes, 1955-2020 -- In  Memoriam

Tony Hayes, 1955-2020 -- In Memoriam

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Tony Hayes

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Tony Hayes. Tony was a producer and marketer of North American wildcrafted herbs for almost 50 years. He began his career in 1973 as an herb buyer for Lowe Fur and Herb of North Wilkesboro, then in 1981 went to work for Wilcox Drug Company in Boone, North Carolina. In 2000 he and his wife Sandy started their own business, Ridge Runner Trading Company.

AHPA requests adequate federal funding for USPS

AHPA members depend on the Postal Service to transport herbal products

AHPA President Michael McGuffin sent a letter to Congressional leaders in the U.S. House and Senate to request adequate federal funding be included in a fourth COVID-19 relief package to ensure the financial viability and continued operations of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Case Studies - Substantiating Claims for Herbal Immune Support Products

Webinar recorded June 17, 2020

Webinar presenters explain ways to ensure your marketing claims for herbal immune support products are substantiated, truthful and not misleading. Industry experts review several methods they’ve used to ensure their dietary supplement product claims are well substantiated, including: randomized, controlled clinical trials on a well-known elderberry product; in vitro testing to support the legitimacy of the product; and the relevance of use and training in substantiating the effectiveness of traditional Chinese herbal formulations.

FDA and FTC highlight attention to intravenous therapies and social media in COVID-19 warning letters

Excerpt from the June 2020 AHPA Report

Since the first week of March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been issuing warning letters alleging that marketers promoted a wide variety of products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure COVID-19. AHPA has analyzed 135 COVID-19 related warning letters issued by either FDA or FTC or by the agencies jointly between March 6, 2020, and May 11, 2020, and made available in each agency’s coronavirus information center as of May 15, 2020.

Free Webinar: Reopening Your Herbal Products Business -- COVID-19 & the “New Normal”

Recorded June 10, 2020

This free webinar provides practical information on how best to resume post-quarantine business operations while protecting your workforce. Learn what personal protective equipment and workspace adaptations should be implemented and how to manage ongoing business risks and liabilities. Additionally, hear from experts about how to be proactive and search for, and then correct, workplace conditions that could increase risk of COVID-19 infections.

Free primer on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Free primer on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

AHPA continues work with the CITES Plants Committee and the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service to promote sustainable harvests

Updated in May 2020, this free primer helps members and the herbal products industry understand the processes and practices that must be followed to comply with CITES requirements when importing and exporting species listed on CITES appendices

Request for proposals: Slippery elm sustainable wild harvest study

Request for proposals: Slippery elm sustainable wild harvest study

Deadline extended to July 10, 2020

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) is issuing a request for proposals to award grant funding to eligible applicants in order to enhance and promote knowledge and understanding of sustainable harvest of slippery elm (Ulmus rubra).  The grant supports research effects of varying rates of wild slippery elm bark harvest on tree population health and recovery across multiple harvest sites in order to inform sustainable harvest and management decisions for the species. The anticipated amount of funding available for a sustainable wild slippery elm bark harvest research project is up to $10,000 annually for up to 5 years.

Webinar: Marketing Claims for Hemp-Derived Products

Recorded May 20, 2020 -- Duration: 2.5 hours

This webinar provides guidance and practical tips on how to successfully market your hemp-derived products consistent with the requirements of the FDA and FTC. An FTC representative provides FTC’s perspective, summarizes recent enforcement actions, and discusses the level of substantiation respondents in those actions possessed or did not possess. Industry attorneys address legal standards, today’s ever-evolving regulatory environment, and the lawsuit risks and liabilities marketers of hemp products face.

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