AHPA Guidance

AHPA guidance documents

AHPA produces these guidance documents on specific topics to help the industry comply with applicable laws and regulations and institute best practices that help ensure quality and transparency.

AHPA adopts labeling guidance for fungi products

Guidance becomes effective March 9, 2019

The Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) at its March 9, 2017 meeting authorized issuance of guidance for labeling products that contain fungi ingredients.

AHPA issues slack-fill guidance

Guidance helps companies inform consumers and comply with federal regulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published slack-fill guidance to help the regulated supplement industry inform consumers and comply with all relevant federal requirements.

AHPA Adopts Policy Against Sale of Bulk Caffeine

Recent reports associate serious injury and death with use of pure caffeine purchased by consumers in bulk packaging.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees on March 4 established a trade requirement that prohibits sale by AHPA members of pure caffeine in bulk form at retail (to consumers).

AHPA issues cannabis oversight recommendations for regulators

Oversight framework promotes best practices for cannabis production and distribution from seed to consumption

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published recommendations for regulators to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species.

AHPA Guidance Policies

These guidance policies are designed to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

These policies address a variety of labeling and manufacturing issues and reflect the consensus of AHPA’s members and its board of trustees.

Free primer on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

AHPA will continue to work with the CITES Plants Committee and the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service to promote sustainable harvest

Primer helps members and the herbal products industry understand the processes and practices that must be followed to comply with CITES requirements when importing and exporting species listed on CITES appendices

Interim Guidance for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications for Manufacturers and Distributors of NDIs

Published in May 2006 and revised September 2011

This guide explains the new dietary ingredient (NDI) regulations and identifies information to include-and exclude- in an NDI notification

Adverse Event Reporting: Considerations & MedWatch Worksheet for Receiving AERs Associated with Dietary Supplements

The information provided here addresses internal policies that may be established by companies in preparation for receiving an adverse event report and also presents ideas for communicating with the reporter of such an event.

Shelf Life Dating of Botanical Supplement Ingredients and Products

Overview of federal regulations and compliance strategies

This document provides an overview of federal regulations regarding the use of shelf life dates for dietary ingredients and dietary supplements sold in the United States, with a particular emphasis on botanical ingredients and products. In addition it presents various strategies for meeting those requirements.

Background on California Proposition 65: Issues Related to Heavy Metals and Herbal Products

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[Archive: This guidance was updated in 2017.] This guidance provides information on the regulatory and liability implications of Proposition 65 on heavy metals that may be present in herbal products sold in the State of California.


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