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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

U.S. increases and proposes expansion of tariffs on Chinese imports

China announces additional tariffs on any plant mainly used as a spice

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced on May 9 that it increased tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports initially identified in September 2018 from 10 percent to 25 percent.

6th Canna WEST Summit

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Johnson to present at L.A. event

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D. will be speaking on a Cannabis Product Safety panel at the 6th Canna WEST Summit being held in Los Angeles from May 29 to 31.

AHPA urges specificity in OEHHA review of scientific data on cannabis

Scientific review should be specific to route of consumption and part of the plant

In a letter to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), AHPA strongly recommends that the office ensures that the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) sufficiently differentiates between the parts of the cannabis plant and the route of exposure when it reviews scientific literature to determine if certain cannabis articles should be listed under Proposition 65 as causing reproductive toxicity.

Proposition 65 definition of 'nickel (soluble compounds)' posted

OEHHA action may require warnings by Oct. 26, 2019

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on May 2, 2019 posted a definition of “nickel (soluble compounds)” to clarify the scope of the agency’s listing last October of these compounds as chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65.

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress

Register by July 1 and save $50

Registration is now open for the AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, a two-day event being held August 15-16, 2019 in downtown Denver at the Crowne Plaza, uniquely focused on the challenges and opportunities for marketing hemp and CBD in dietary supplement products.
AHPA-AHP Workshop: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance

AHPA-AHP Workshop: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance

July 23-24 -- Bastyr University -- Kenmore, WA

This hands-on, two-day workshop will provide a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods, quality assessment techniques and terminology, and demonstrate how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner.

AHPA ERB Foundation issues RFP for goldenseal sustainable harvest study

Proposal submission deadline is July 1, 2019

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (ERB Foundation) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to award grant funding to eligible applicants in order to enhance and promote knowledge and understanding of sustainable harvest of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis).
Day on the Hill

Day on the Hill

AHPA partners with CRN, CHPA and UNPA to produce this unique advocacy opportunity

AHPA member company executives—including company presidents, regulatory experts, and government relations executives—with a vested interest in legislative activity in Congress—fly in from across the nation, for a full day of networking and discussions with members of Congress and their staff. 

AHPA adopts Guidance Policy on supplements and foods containing hemp and hemp-derived CBD

Supplements or foods that contain hemp or CBD should be manufactured in compliance with applicable federal regulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has adopted a new Guidance Policy for dietary supplement and food products that contain hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to help ensure the industry complies with existing regulations.
AHPA participates in USP Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee Meetings

AHPA participates in USP Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee Meetings

Updates from Food Ingredients Expert Committee, Cannabis Expert Panel, Probiotics Expert Panel, Nomenclature subcommittee

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D., represented AHPA member interests at a meeting of the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention's Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee held March 26-27.
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