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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

Guidance: Federal Labeling Requirements for Herbal Dietary Supplements

Updated to reflect changes from May 2016 Final Rule revising FDA’s nutrition labeling regulations

AHPA has revised it's labeling guidance for herbal dietary supplements to cover updated nutrition labeling requirements for foods and dietary supplements that 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.

AHPA presents at the AOAC INTERNATIONAL 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition

Michael McGuffin and Holly Johnson, Ph.D. outline ways AOAC analytical methods can support the herbal supplement industry

AHPA President Michael McGuffin and Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D. presented at the AOAC International 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition to help the organization further develop analytical methods for botanicals used in herbal supplements.
Dietary supplement recalls are relatively infrequent according to recent FDA data

Dietary supplement recalls are relatively infrequent according to recent FDA data

Two percent of more than 800 recalls initiated in 2019 involved dietary supplement products

Recall data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that 14 of 803 (1.7 percent) recorded recalls initiated in 2019 involved dietary supplements, and among these, three were Class I recalls (the most serious recall class), according to an article published in the August 2019 AHPA Report.
August 2019 AHPA Report: Data shows supplement recalls are relatively infrequent, insights from the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, Prop 65 enforcement data and more

August 2019 AHPA Report: Data shows supplement recalls are relatively infrequent, insights from the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, Prop 65 enforcement data and more

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The August 2019 AHPA Report includes an analysis of FDA recall data, recent CA Prop 65 enforcement trends, the first warning letter addressing FSVP, insights from the Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress and updated guidance for hemp-CBD.

CO Gov Jared Polis charts course for CBD and hemp innovation at sold-out AHPA Supplement Congress

CO Gov Jared Polis charts course for CBD and hemp innovation at sold-out AHPA Supplement Congress

USDA and FDA officials share key information for companies selling hemp-CBD in dietary supplements

Colorado Governor Jared Polis rallied more than 200 hemp farmers, manufacturers, producers, retailers, and industry professionals during his keynote address to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Hemp-CBD (cannabidiol) Supplement Congress held earlier this month.
ERB Foundation seeks matching funds to sponsor ginseng program at 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

ERB Foundation seeks matching funds to sponsor ginseng program at 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 24-28 and July 1-5, 2020 -- Washington, DC

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) has committed to provide financial support for the American ginseng program to be presented as part of the 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual 10-day event that takes place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Foundation is seeking matching funds from AHPA members to increase the Foundation’s support of this program.

July 2019 AHPA Report: McGuffin celebrates 20 years, CBD Advocacy, IADSA, AHPA in the News and more

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The July 2019 AHPA Report includes an open letter from AHPA President Michael McGuffin on his 20 years as AHPA President, recent CBD advocacy, AHPA's recommendations for supplement innovation, AHPA email alerts and much more.

CA Prop 65 Guidance for Hemp Products

Regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 for hemp and hemp-derived products

AHPA has published Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Hemp Products to educate the hemp industry about the regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 for hemp and hemp-derived products, including cannabidiol (CBD), sold in the State of California.

AHPA Hemp-CBD Status Report

Updated to cover recent FDA and USDA actions

To help the herbal products industry understand the evolving regulatory landscape for hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products, AHPA has updated its free Hemp-CBD Status Report to include recent actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Michael McGuffin Celebrates 20 years as AHPA President

Michael McGuffin Celebrates 20 years as AHPA President

An Open Letter to the Membership

It is my heartfelt honor to address you today on the 20th anniversary of the date I began my role as President of the American Herbal Products Association. We have accomplished so much together since 1999!
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