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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 awards excellence in the herbal products industry

AHPA awards excellence in the herbal products industry

Sara Katz, Kelly Kindscher, Mark Blumenthal, Oregon’s Wild Harvest and Steven Yeager awarded for outstanding contributions

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) presented its 2019 awards to individuals and an organization that have made significant contributions to the continued success of the herbal products industry at AHPA's Annual Member meeting on March 6 at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

AHPA needs your input on sustainability

Complete survey by Feb. 27, 2019

AHPA's recently formed Sustainability Committee invites you to participate in a 7 to 12-minute survey to help AHPA understand the best ways to grow its new sustainability programming and resources for members and the broader herbal industry.
Free GRMA webinar on new ANSI-accredited auditing standards

Free GRMA webinar on new ANSI-accredited auditing standards

Webinar recording and handouts

AHPA partnered with the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) to present this free webinar on February 26, 2019 to provide the herbal industry with specific details on the benefits and implementation costs of the new GRMA ANSI-accredited auditing standards.

FDA Announces New Attention to Dietary Supplement Regulations

Prominent focus on public health and safety, mandatory product listing and new dietary ingredients

AHPA submits comments on use of dairy names for plant-based product labels

On January 28, 2019, AHPA submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to ensure that any rule or guidance that the agency may adopt on the use of dairy names (e.g., “milk,” “cream,” “butter,” etc.) on the labels of plant-based products expressly does not apply to any such product that is not generally used as a substitute for or marketed to resemble a dairy product.
AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

Our way of thanking members for all their invaluable contributions

AHPA Members and their friends attended the 2019 AHPA Member Reception at Natural Products Expo West. This event is AHPA's way of thanking members for all they do to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

Revised Hemp-CBD Status Report

How hemp and CBD companies are impacted by passage of the Farm Bill

Congress passed a Farm Bill in 2018 that included historic provisions to legalize hemp, the low THC cultivars of the Cannabis sativa L. species. This landmark legislation changes how hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD) are regulated in the U.S. To help the herbal products industry understand the new regulatory landscape, AHPA has expanded this Status Report and to answer industry questions about the new legal landscape.

Renowned herbalists lead HerbWalk at Expo West

Renowned herbalists lead HerbWalk at Expo West

AHPA-ABC-AHP event provides guided tour of medicinal herbs at Fullerton Arboretum

Join a renowned faculty of herbalists for a hands-on, guided tour of the Fullerton Arboretum's 26-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 4,000 plant species from around the globe.

USDA’s final rule for GMO labeling ignores recommendations of consumers and AHPA

Final rule hinders consumer access to information on genetically modified foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule on December 20 that establishes the new national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The final rule does not incorporate significant revisions recommended by AHPA and consumer groups that were aimed at ensuring U.S. consumers can discern if their food includes genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or ingredients derived from GMOs.

AHPA to expand Board of Trustees under new bylaws

AHPA creates Tenured Trustees and Appointed Trustees to expand and enrich Board

The AHPA bylaws were recently amended to create Tenured Trustees and Appointed Trustees, two new categories of trustees to serve on the AHPA Board. Under the new bylaws, AHPA can expand and enrich its Board of Trustees to ensure sufficient expertise to represent all AHPA members and the broader herbal products industry.
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2019 Annual Fund Sponsors

AHPA appreciates the support of its sponsors, but does not endorse, recommend, or provide a warranty for any sponsor company, its products or services. AHPA has no responsibility for any transaction entered into with any of these companies.