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IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

July 2020 IADSA Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash covers Australia TGA reclassifies certain sports supplements to be regulated as medicines, South Africa down scheduled CBD to a category of complementary medicine, Korea has updated its functional food code to include ginseng as helpful to bone health and the European Commission (EC) acknowledges the potential to consider traditional use of botanicals in the efficacy assessment of health claims when traditional medicine products exist for botanicals used in foods.

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Virtual Congress

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Virtual Congress

August 27, 2020 -- Online

AHPA is presenting the second, annual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress as a virtual event on August 27, 2020 to provide companies with an understanding of federal and state legal and regulatory obligations and current issues and opportunities in the hemp-CBD market. This event will deliver the latest information to you online. Don't miss out!

2020 DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS REGULATORY SUMMIT - NOW VIRTUAL EVENT!

Sept. 16 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The annual Dietary Supplements Regulatory Summit (DSRS) has been rescheduled.

AHPA requests USDA APHIS amend and delay Phase VI of the import declarations enforcement schedule

“Other” essential oils should be removed from the list of products covered under Phase VI

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), AHPA requests the agency to amend Phase VI of its import declarations enforcement schedule by removing “other” essential oils from the list of products covered under this phase.

AHPA requests adequate federal funding for USPS

AHPA members depend on the Postal Service to transport herbal products

AHPA President Michael McGuffin sent a letter to Congressional leaders in the U.S. House and Senate to request adequate federal funding be included in a fourth COVID-19 relief package to ensure the financial viability and continued operations of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

FDA and FTC highlight attention to intravenous therapies and social media in COVID-19 warning letters

Excerpt from the June 2020 AHPA Report

Since the first week of March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been issuing warning letters alleging that marketers promoted a wide variety of products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure COVID-19. AHPA has analyzed 135 COVID-19 related warning letters issued by either FDA or FTC or by the agencies jointly between March 6, 2020, and May 11, 2020, and made available in each agency’s coronavirus information center as of May 15, 2020.

Request for proposals: Slippery elm sustainable wild harvest study

Request for proposals: Slippery elm sustainable wild harvest study

Deadline extended to July 10, 2020

The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) is issuing a request for proposals to award grant funding to eligible applicants in order to enhance and promote knowledge and understanding of sustainable harvest of slippery elm (Ulmus rubra).  The grant supports research effects of varying rates of wild slippery elm bark harvest on tree population health and recovery across multiple harvest sites in order to inform sustainable harvest and management decisions for the species. The anticipated amount of funding available for a sustainable wild slippery elm bark harvest research project is up to $10,000 annually for up to 5 years.

AHPA Hemp-CBD Status Report

Updated in April 2020 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).

AOAC Scientists Approve Official Method of Analysis for Cannabinoids in Hemp

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Holly Johnson chairs CASP working group involved creating requirements for testing standard

The new validation and approval will allow laboratories to evaluate hemp for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry-weight basis, as described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interim Final Rule governing the production of hemp under the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, known as the Farm Bill.

Oregon adopts temporary rule prohibiting unsubstantiated claims that goods prevent, treat, diagnose, or mitigate COVID-19 related conditions

AHPA has been working with other trade organizations to seek withdrawal of a much-broader proposed rule that the OR DOJ published for comment late last year and in amended form in March 2020.

The Oregon Department of Justice (OR DOJ) has temporarily adopted a rule declaring it “unfair and deceptive” (and thus unlawful) to represent that any product “will prevent, treat, diagnose, mitigate, or cure coronavirus, COVID-19 or a related condition, without first having competent and reliable scientific evidence upon which to base a reasonable belief in the truth of the representation.” The temporary rule is effective for six months, until October 14, 2020.
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