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AHPA Hemp-CBD Status Report

Updated in April 2020 to cover recent FDA and USDA actions

To help the herbal products industry understand the evolving regulatory landscape for hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products, AHPA has updated its free Hemp-CBD Status Report to include recent actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

AOAC Scientists Approve Official Method of Analysis for Cannabinoids in Hemp

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Holly Johnson chairs CASP working group involved creating requirements for testing standard

The new validation and approval will allow laboratories to evaluate hemp for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry-weight basis, as described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interim Final Rule governing the production of hemp under the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, known as the Farm Bill.

Free webinar: Supplement cGMP Basics for Hemp-CBD Companies

Recorded Dec. 10, 2019 -- Duration: 2 hours

This webinar provides an overview of dietary supplement current good manufacturing (cGMP) requirements for hemp-CBD products. Legal and industry experts provide strategies and resources to comply and document compliance with  federal manufacturing requirements designed to ensure supplement product quality and safety.

Free webinar: Preparing for FDA cGMP Facility Inspections

Recorded December 17, 2019

This webinar is designed to help businesses in the dietary supplement industry understand the elements of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations (21 CFR 111) that have been the primary focus of FDA inspections. This knowledge will assist businesses in better allocating and directing their compliance resources.

Oregon adopts temporary rule prohibiting unsubstantiated claims that goods prevent, treat, diagnose, or mitigate COVID-19 related conditions

AHPA has been working with other trade organizations to seek withdrawal of a much-broader proposed rule that the OR DOJ published for comment late last year and in amended form in March 2020.

The Oregon Department of Justice (OR DOJ) has temporarily adopted a rule declaring it “unfair and deceptive” (and thus unlawful) to represent that any product “will prevent, treat, diagnose, mitigate, or cure coronavirus, COVID-19 or a related condition, without first having competent and reliable scientific evidence upon which to base a reasonable belief in the truth of the representation.” The temporary rule is effective for six months, until October 14, 2020.

AHPA and CRN express concern about Proposed Rule in Oregon that would create private right of action for opportunistic plaintiffs’ lawyers

AHPA and CRN urge that Oregon Proposed Rule is unnecessary and should be withdrawn

AHPA and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) filed joint comments last week to reiterate significant concerns to the Oregon Department of Justice (OR DOJ) about a Proposed Rule that would create a private right of action for opportunistic plaintiffs' lawyers motivated by the potential for recovery rather than the public interest.

AHPA submits supply chain issues to USDA and continues to collect industry data

Report your supply chain issues to AHPA using this brief survey

AHPA has reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a host of supply chain issues submitted by members and others in the herbal community. The information submitted to USDA reports on shortages or delivery disruptions of a variety of ingredients, supplies, and services. AHPA also continues to collect supply chain data to inform the industry, regulators and lawmakers.

2020 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

2020 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

Wilson Lau, Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, Verdure Sciences, and Edward Alstat awarded for outstanding contributions to the herbal industry

Established in 2006, the annual AHPA Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that help further AHPA's goal of promoting the responsible commerce of herbs and herbal products.

2020 AHPA Award Winners

  • Herbal Hero Award: Wilson Lau, Nuherbs
  • Herbal Industry Leadership Award: Verdure Sciences
  • Herbal Insight Award: Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
  • Visionary Award: Dr. Edward K. Alstat (posthumous)

Supplement Industry Associations Applaud FDA Actions to Protect Consumers from Fraudulent Products Related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Washington D.C., April 6, 2020

The U.S. dietary supplement industry commends the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for taking action to protect consumers by calling out marketers who make illegal and unsubstantiated drug claims related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. In February, the industry issued strong warning to companies and consumers to avoid marketing or using dietary supplements that are presented as treating, curing or preventing COVID-19.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

April 2020 IADSA Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash covers the European Commission's draft regulation directed at botanicals containing hydroxyanthracene derivatives (HADs), Belgium recently published guidance on the analysis for four new plants, Ireland survey of cannabidiol (CBD) products that found a majority were not in compliance with various regulations, Norway's risk assessment of caffeine and more.

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