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Our Mission

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods.

Our Expertise

AHPA has particular expertise on the history, science, and regulation of botanicals while its work also has significant influence on non-herbal dietary supplements. Similarly, AHPA expends its resources on issues in the U.S. marketplace and in the international arena, wherever member interests are served.

Our Members

AHPA is comprised of more than 350 domestic and international companies conducting business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products. AHPA members’ herbal products are in tea, beverage, dietary supplement, sports nutrition, personal care, pet and other product categories. AHPA membership also includes individuals, companies and organizations who serve the industry, including consultants, attorneys, media, researchers, educators, and medical professionals.

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AHPA Press Releases and Updates for the Media

Dietary Supplements Regulatory Summit

Hosted by AHPA, CHPA, CRN, NPA and UNPA

This one-day regulatory summit will feature updates and insights from FDA and industry regulatory experts, and will focus on the key regulatory compliance issues facing the dietary supplements industry.

AHPA meetings and events at Natural Products Expo West

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

March 5-8, 2018 -- Anaheim Convention Center, California

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.

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.

A Primer on AHPA’s Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices (GACP-GMP) Guidance for Botanical Materials

What is AHPA's GACP-GMP guidance and how can it help your business?

May 22, 2018 -- 1:00-3:00 PM EST -- Member cost: $150. Nonmember cost: $350.

The Art of Drying and Milling Botanicals

Learn from one of the industry’s top drying and milling experts

July 16-17 -- Bighorn Botanicals -- Noxon, MT -- Member cost: $800. Nonmember cost: $1,000

AHPA staff participate in panels on pesticides and food adulteration prevention at GMA Science Forum

AHPA staff participate in panels on pesticides and food adulteration prevention at GMA Science Forum

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presented on a panel discussing pesticide issues

AHPA President Michael McGuffin and Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D. presented at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Science Forum held this week in Washington, DC.
AHPA comments to FWS provide recommendations for CITES

AHPA comments to FWS provide recommendations for CITES

Annotation for American ginseng should exclude sliced roots from CITES export and import controls

In comments submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), AHPA requested that the agency propose at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to amend the annotation for American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) to exclude sliced roots from CITES export and import controls.

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.

Special Expo West Edition of the March 2018 AHPA Report!

March 2018 AHPA Report

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