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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 on California Proposition 65 and Cannabis Products

Revised April 2020

Marijuana smoke was added to the Proposition 65 list in June 2009 as a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. In January 2020, cannabis (marijuana) smoke and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9 THC) were both added to the Proposition 65 list as chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity. In addition to marijuana smoke and Δ9 THC, other chemicals on the Proposition 65 list that may be used in the cultivation and processing of cannabis, such as the pesticides myclobutanil and carbaryl, must be considered when cannabis businesses are determining compliance to this regulation.

AHPA and CRN express concern about Proposed Rule in Oregon that would create private right of action for opportunistic plaintiffs’ lawyers

AHPA and CRN urge that Oregon Proposed Rule is unnecessary and should be withdrawn

AHPA and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) filed joint comments last week to reiterate significant concerns to the Oregon Department of Justice (OR DOJ) about a Proposed Rule that would create a private right of action for opportunistic plaintiffs' lawyers motivated by the potential for recovery rather than the public interest.

AHPA submits supply chain issues to USDA and continues to collect industry data

Report your supply chain issues to AHPA using this brief survey

AHPA has reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a host of supply chain issues submitted by members and others in the herbal community. The information submitted to USDA reports on shortages or delivery disruptions of a variety of ingredients, supplies, and services. AHPA also continues to collect supply chain data to inform the industry, regulators and lawmakers.

2020 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

2020 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

Wilson Lau, Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, Verdure Sciences, and Edward Alstat awarded for outstanding contributions to the herbal industry

Established in 2006, the annual AHPA Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that help further AHPA's goal of promoting the responsible commerce of herbs and herbal products.

2020 AHPA Award Winners

  • Herbal Hero Award: Wilson Lau, Nuherbs
  • Herbal Industry Leadership Award: Verdure Sciences
  • Herbal Insight Award: Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
  • Visionary Award: Dr. Edward K. Alstat (posthumous)

April 2020 AHPA Report

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The April 2020 AHPA Report covers COVID-19, including a message from AHPA President Michael McGuffin, free resources and information for the herbal community and a summary of recent federal announcements about FDA inspections and supplement manufacturers and employees being designated as essential.

Supplement Industry Associations Applaud FDA Actions to Protect Consumers from Fraudulent Products Related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Washington D.C., April 6, 2020

The U.S. dietary supplement industry commends the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for taking action to protect consumers by calling out marketers who make illegal and unsubstantiated drug claims related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. In February, the industry issued strong warning to companies and consumers to avoid marketing or using dietary supplements that are presented as treating, curing or preventing COVID-19.

DHS-CISA updates their guidance, cites "dietary supplement" workers as essential critical infrastructure workers

Revised guidance provides numerous and significant additional details in identifying essential critical infrastructure workers and sectors

Revised guidance provides numerous and significant additional details in identifying essential critical infrastructure workers and sectors in several categories, including, among others, healthcare, law enforcement, transportation, and food and agriculture.

Dietary supplement, other herbal product, and cannabis operations identified as “essential businesses” and “critical infrastructure”

Designation implied by numerous regulatory agencies; explicit in California

Federal, state, and local governments’ actions to address the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 have consistently included recommendations promoting or directives requiring social distancing as a key protective measure to minimize community spread of this disease. In making stay-at-home recommendations or issuing shelter-in-place orders, health agencies and other official bodies have identified certain industries as “essential businesses” or “critical infrastructure” whose employees and operations are (or should be) exempt from these recommendations and directives.

FDA to limit domestic inspections to “mission critical” cases; pre-announce the majority of such inspections; waive certain FSMA onsite audit requirements

Much of the teleconference was focused on the Agency’s online resources, such as its FAQ page, which was recently updated

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a teleconference meeting on March 18 (FDA Briefing for Foods Stakeholders on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)), which was attended by AHPA president Michael McGuffin and by representatives of AHPA’s general counsel, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP.

AHPA joins leading health and food organizations to urge lawmakers to clearly define exemptions to shelter-in-place orders

Three letters urge clear definition of employee exemptions for shelter-in-place orders

In a series of three letters to federal, state, and local governments, AHPA joined healthcare and food organizations to request that uniform language be included in shelter-at-home orders that provide direction to employees working in various industries related to dietary supplements, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.

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