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Recent AHPA Advocacy

U.S. increases and proposes expansion of tariffs on Chinese imports

China announces additional tariffs on any plant mainly used as a spice

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced on May 9 that it increased tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports initially identified in September 2018 from 10 percent to 25 percent.

6th Canna WEST Summit

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Johnson to present at L.A. event

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D. will be speaking on a Cannabis Product Safety panel at the 6th Canna WEST Summit being held in Los Angeles from May 29 to 31.

AHPA urges specificity in OEHHA review of scientific data on cannabis

Scientific review should be specific to route of consumption and part of the plant

In a letter to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), AHPA strongly recommends that the office ensures that the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) sufficiently differentiates between the parts of the cannabis plant and the route of exposure when it reviews scientific literature to determine if certain cannabis articles should be listed under Proposition 65 as causing reproductive toxicity.
IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA May 2019 Newsflash

China considers adding 5 functional ingredients, including reishi powder and spirulina, to its food raw materials directory, and changes to permitted health food function claims, in this issue of the IADSA Newsflash.

Proposition 65 definition of 'nickel (soluble compounds)' posted

OEHHA action may require warnings by Oct. 26, 2019

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on May 2, 2019 posted a definition of “nickel (soluble compounds)” to clarify the scope of the agency’s listing last October of these compounds as chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65.
Day on the Hill

Day on the Hill

AHPA partners with CRN, CHPA and UNPA to produce this unique advocacy opportunity

AHPA member company executives—including company presidents, regulatory experts, and government relations executives—with a vested interest in legislative activity in Congress—fly in from across the nation, for a full day of networking and discussions with members of Congress and their staff. 

AHPA adopts Guidance Policy on supplements and foods containing hemp and hemp-derived CBD

Supplements or foods that contain hemp or CBD should be manufactured in compliance with applicable federal regulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has adopted a new Guidance Policy for dietary supplement and food products that contain hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to help ensure the industry complies with existing regulations.
AHPA participates in USP Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee Meetings

AHPA participates in USP Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee Meetings

Updates from Food Ingredients Expert Committee, Cannabis Expert Panel, Probiotics Expert Panel, Nomenclature subcommittee

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D., represented AHPA member interests at a meeting of the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention's Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines Expert Committee held March 26-27.
USDA Hemp Production Program Listening Session

USDA Hemp Production Program Listening Session

A recording is now available

AHPA participated in the “2018 Farm Bill Listening Session on Domestic Hemp Production Program” conducted by the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 13, 2019. The event provided an opportunity for the agency to receive feedback directly from stakeholders regarding development of new regulations implementing the hemp provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. The format allowed for registered participants to provide up to three minutes of public comment.
AHPA participates in AOAC Mid-Year Meeting

AHPA participates in AOAC Mid-Year Meeting

Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., represents members at AOAC

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., represented member interests at the 9th Annual AOAC INTERNATIONAL Midyear Meeting and Analytical Solutions Forum held March 11-14 outside Washington, DC.
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