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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

AHPA continues EPA advocacy to expand crop groups to cover more botanical commodities

EPA proposes two new crop groups to cover herbs and spices

In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week, AHPA continued to encourage the agency to expand its use of its crop grouping regulations by including more botanical commodities in two proposed new crop groups to help ensure that all of the minor crop botanical commodities marketed in the U.S. are covered by federal regulations.

AHPA response to Consumer Reports article on echinacea and turmeric products

CR selected arbitrary standards for its analysis

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has assessed an article issued today by Consumer Reports (CR) on its analytical review of 16 echinacea and 13 turmeric products. AHPA has found that CR relied on arbitrary or internal standards for its analysis, apparently in order to support its preconceived view of herbal supplements, expressed by repeating in today’s article the false myth of ‘lack of regulation’ of dietary supplements.

Happy Birthday DSHEA!

AHPA celebrates the 25th Anniversary of DSHEA

FDA to provide additional time to comply with new nutrition labeling requirements

FDA to work with manufacturers to meet the new Nutrition Facts label requirements during the first 6 months

FDA announced today that, during the first six months following the general January 1, 2020, compliance date for the new nutrition labeling regulations for conventional foods and dietary supplements, it plans to work cooperatively with manufacturers to meet the new requirements and will not focus on enforcement actions during that time. Note that manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales already had an extra year to comply – until January 1, 2021.
October 2019 AHPA Report: Foreign cGMP inspection trends, Prop 65 amendment dropped, CBD advocacy and more

October 2019 AHPA Report: Foreign cGMP inspection trends, Prop 65 amendment dropped, CBD advocacy and more

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The October 2019 AHPA Report includes recent CBD advocacy, AHPA at IADSA, foreign cGMP inspection trends, nutrition labeling enforcement discretion advocacy, nutrition labeling webinar, AHPA events at SupplySide West and more.

AHPA joins dietary supplement industry to urge swift congressional action on CBD

Congress urged to pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from hemp is a lawful dietary ingredient

This week, the four leading trade associations representing the U.S. dietary supplement industry joined forces to urge Congress to take action to ensure consumer safety and provide legal clarity in the cannabidiol (CBD) product marketplace. In a letter, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) called on Congress “to pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from the hemp plant is a lawful dietary ingredient if the dietary supplement containing the CBD meets established product safety and quality criteria.”

Webinar: Compliance with FDA’s Revised Nutrition Labeling Regulations

Nutrition labeling requirements for foods and supplements scheduled to take effect January 1, 2020

Recorded October 29, 2019, this webinar offers expert insights into the nutrition labeling requirements for foods and dietary supplements are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2020 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales and January 1, 2021 for smaller manufacturers.

Food & Beverage Issue Alliance requests FDA enforcement discretion for new nutrition labeling rule

AHPA joins 12 leading trade associations to request FDA enforcement discretion

AHPA joined 12 leading trade associations to advocate FDA to provide flexibility in its enforcement of the new nutrition labeling rules as the January 1, 2020 compliance date approaches. In a letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless, the associations, acting as the Food & Beverage Issue Alliance, requested FDA to to provide a six-month period of enforcement discretion following the compliance date.

Webinar: Adverse Event Reports (AERs) and Recalls of Dietary Supplements

In-depth review of AER requirements and recent AER and recall data and trends

Dr. Rick Kingston, an industry expert with more than 35-years of experience, presents on serious adverse event report (SAER) data and observations. Ashish Talati, a partner with Amin Talati & Wasserman and one of the industry’s foremost experts on FDA regulatory matters, joins Dr. Kingston to review dietary supplement legal and regulatory SAER obligations. In addition, AHPA Chief Information Officer Dr. Merle Zimmermann presents an overview of recent FDA recall data.
September 2019 AHPA Report: Labeling guidance, GRAS, Glyphosate, AHPA at AOAC and more

September 2019 AHPA Report: Labeling guidance, GRAS, Glyphosate, AHPA at AOAC and more

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The September 2019 AHPA Report includes guidance on herbal supplement labeling, AHPA at AOAC INTERNATIONAL, climate action in the health and nutrition industry, the glyphosate debate, GRAS: Meeting the burden of persuasion, AHPA at SupplySide West and more.

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