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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

New dietary guidelines highlight use of herbs and spices to reduce sodium intake and describe usefulness of dietary supplements

AHPA Update

Strategies for lowering sodium consumption include using herbs and spices

Welcome to our new website!

Redesigned AHPA.org provides instant access, expanded capabilities and increased connection

AHPA is proud to announce the release of its newly designed website. It has been crafted to better reflect our members needs now and also builds upon technology capable of addressing future requirements.

Industry Associations Welcome Elevation of Division of Dietary Supplement Programs to 'Office' within FDA

Press Release

The five trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry today welcomed the elevation of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs (DDSP) to an "Office" status within the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

Product safety expert debunks research questioning the safety of dietary supplements at Congressional briefing

Press Release

Research purporting to raise significant questions regarding the safety of dietary supplements often lacks context and appropriate data to draw meaningful conclusions

Goldenseal and Aloe vera "non-decolorized whole leaf extract" added to California Proposition 65 list

AHPA Update

Companies generally have one year to ensure products comply with new Proposition 65 requirements

AHPA expresses opposition to mandatory product registration

AHPA restates recommendation to submit labels to existing federal database

"The existing Dietary Supplement Label Database is an effective platform to provide consumers with the same type of information that would be provided by mandatory product registration," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin.

AHPA kombucha education program supports industry compliance

Kombucha experts provide guidance and resources

AHPA presented three webinars as part of its recently launched kombucha education program aimed at encouraging and supporting compliance with kombucha manufacturing, labeling, and sales regulations

AHPA joins coalition opposing proposed revision to Prop 65 lead safe harbor

OEHHA proposal is problematic from both a policy and scientific standpoint

AHPA joined a coalition to express concerns about OEHHA's proposed revisions to the Proposition 65 safe harbor Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for lead

AHPA Provides Perspective on Emergency Room Visits Purportedly Associated with Supplements

When placed into context, study demonstrates relative safety of supplements

Article published in New England Journal of Medicine

overstates emergency room (ER) visits associated with dietary supplements. Study also shows supplements are relatively safe compared to other product categories.

AHPA provides regulatory insight on essential oils at aromatherapy conference

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Special Regulatory Counsel Tami Wahl provided an overview of federal regulatory compliance issues pertaining to essential oils during the Alliance of International Aromatherapists' (AIA) 2015 International Aromatherapy Conference and Wellness Expo last week in Denver.
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