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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

Adverse event reporting tells the story of dietary supplement safety

Adverse event reporting tells the story of dietary supplement safety

March 3, 2020: FDA AER data often lacks fields that may prevent misinterpretation, including FDA’s assessment of causation

Washington, D.C. — At the initial Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus briefing of 2020, held last week, Dr. Richard Kingston, president, regulatory and scientific affairs and co-founder of SafetyCall International, educated congressional staffers on the types of evidence used to monitor dietary supplement safety, including adverse event reports, emergency room visits and poison control center data. Dr. Kingston is an expert on clinical toxicology and pharmacology, poison control, product post-market surveillance, and drug and dietary supplement safety.

Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers that Dietary Supplements May Not Claim to Cure, Prevent Coronavirus

Some marketers of dietary supplements or other products may be promoting them with claims of prevention or treatment of Coronavirus

The U.S. dietary supplement industry is aware of the growing concern regarding the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and of the public’s desire to protect itself against the virus. The four leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry support the responsible sale and use of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements that provide many positive benefits promoting better health and wellness. However, we are concerned that some marketers of dietary supplements or other products may be promoting them with claims of prevention or treatment of Coronavirus.

February 2020 AHPA Report

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The February 2020 AHPA Report includes a look at the recent U.S.-China trade agreement, the impact of the Coronavirus on the industry, AHPA's comments to USDA on the domestic hemp product program and the final schedule of AHPA Events at Expo West 2020.

AHPA submits comments to USDA on domestic hemp production program

January 30, 2020: Significant room for improvement in the hemp production Interim Final Rule and the subsequent Final Rule

In comments submitted to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), AHPA requested numerous, significant revisions to the Interim Final Rule (IFR) that establishes a domestic hemp production program before a Final Rule is promulgated in 2021.

“Phase One” agreement with China provides some relief to supplement importers

Reduced tariffs will affect imports filed after February 14

A partial trade agreement signed by the United States and China on January 15, 2020, will reduce U.S.-imposed tariffs on some imported Chinese goods used by U.S. dietary supplement and food companies, but it will leave tariffs on other commodities in place, at least for the short term.

January 2020 AHPA Report

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The January 2020 AHPA Report includes class action claims reinstated on “adulterated” supplements, AHPA Events at Expo West 2020, McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook, and the 2020 Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress.

December 2019 AHPA Report: Looking back at 2019 and forward to 2020

December 2019 AHPA Report: Looking back at 2019 and forward to 2020

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The December 2019 AHPA Report includes a look back at 2019 and forward to 2020, Class action claims reinstated on “adulterated” supplements, AHPA Events at Expo West 2020, McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook, and the 2020 Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress.

AHPA President Michael McGuffin participates in Hemp Industry Daily Forum at MJBizCon

Compliant hemp-CBD companies can learn much from the success of the herbal supplement industry

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presented with three other panelists in a session titled, “CBD Market Forecast: Feast or Famine” at the Hemp Industry Daily Forum during the MJBizCon in Las Vegas earlier this week.
Michael McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook’s 2019 Best of the Industry Awards

Michael McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook’s 2019 Best of the Industry Awards

McGuffin and AHPA are a leading voice not only for the herbal products industry but for the entire dietary supplement industry

Nutritional Outlook named AHPA President Michael McGuffin Industry Leader as part of the publication's 2019 Best of Industry Awards. This year, McGuffin celebrated his 20th anniversary as association president. "Under Michael's tenure—and even before that, when he served on the association’s board of trustees—AHPA has been a leading influence and guiding hand in shaping the safe, responsible, and prosperous herb commerce market that so many consumers rely on today," according to the Nutritional Outlook announcement.
November 2019 AHPA Report: New Prop 65 Guidance, EPA Crop Group Advocacy, USDA Hemp Rule, Revised FDA Draft Guidance for Homeopathics

November 2019 AHPA Report: New Prop 65 Guidance, EPA Crop Group Advocacy, USDA Hemp Rule, Revised FDA Draft Guidance for Homeopathics

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The November 2019 AHPA Report includes new CA Prop 65 Guidance, an overview of USDA's rule for hemp, FDA's revised draft guidance for homeopathics, happy birthday DSHEA, McGuffin keynote at HIACON and much more.

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