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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

November 2020 AHPA Report

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The November 2020 AHPA Report includes: AHPA Sports Nutrition Congress: A Grand Slam!; AHPA has released updates via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed.; AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Holly Johnson to present at Whole Plant Expo; FDA issues proposed rule for traceability on "certain foods"; and more.

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

New safety information added to 11 botanicals

AHPA has released updates via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. to nine additional botanicals.

October 2020 AHPA Report

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The October 2020 AHPA Report includes: Inaugural Sports Nutrition Congress; Scientists step up to the plate at the AHPA Sports Nutrition Congress; The Vitamin Shoppe joins the AHPA Sports Nutrition Congress All-Star lineup!; AHPA President Michael McGuffin named to Nutritional Outlook Editorial Board; AHPA attends Cosmetic Ingredient Review meeting finalizing Scutellaria derived cosmetic ingredient safety reports; and more.

Supplement and Hemp Industry Associations Applaud Bipartisan Legislation to Regulate Hemp-Derived CBD

Bill directs FDA to use its authority and resources to set a clear regulatory framework for hemp and hemp derived CBD

the four leading dietary supplement industry associations applaud Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA), for introducing bipartisan legislation that would protect public health by providing legal clarity in the cannabidiol (CBD) product marketplace. The Hemp and Hemp derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020 directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its authority and resources to set a clear regulatory framework for hemp and hemp derived CBD and assure consumer protection.
AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Virtual Congress

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Virtual Congress

On-demand -- Recorded Aug. 27, 2020

AHPA's second, annual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress was presented on August 27, 2020 and provides companies with an understanding of federal and state legal and regulatory obligations and current issues and opportunities in the hemp-CBD market. This event delivers the latest information to you on-demand.

September 2020 AHPA Report

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The September 2020 AHPA Report includes: Inaugural Sports Nutrition Congress; Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress now on-demand; 9th Annual Botanical Congress; AHPA seeks more time for small firms to comply with new labeling rules; Statement on oleandrin; Senator hoping for sensible guidance on CBD; Hemp-CBD market growth; and more.

AHPA Virtual Sports Nutrition Congress

On demand -- Recorded Oct. 21

AHPA presented the inaugural Virtual Sports Nutrition Congress to on Oct. 21 to showcase industry and sports nutrition experts who covered key sport nutrition industry issues by providing the most up-to-date information, resources and practical tools and guidelines to help ensure the long-term success of your business. This event is now available on-demand.

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

New safety information added to 11 botanicals

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. New safety information has been added to entries on 11 botanicals.

AHPA joins request to give small firms more time to meet new FDA food labeling rules

AHPA urges FDA to extend enforcement discretion to small firms

AHPA joined 16 other trade associations in a Aug. 21 letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request more time for small businesses to understand and comply with the Agency’s new, wide-ranging nutrition labeling regulations.

AHPA Statement on oleandrin and Nerium oleander

AHPA strongly discourages sales or marketing of dietary supplements that contain any part of the oleander plant

Over the last few days, the potential use of oleandrin for treatment of COVID-19 has received significant media attention. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) strongly discourages sales or marketing of dietary supplements that contain any part of the oleander plant (Nerium oleander) or its constituent, oleandrin. AHPA also urges physical and online retailers to refrain from offering any such products for sale, and AHPA cautions consumers to avoid oral consumption of oleander or oleandrin.
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