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AHPA advocates the U.S. Congress; state governments; FDA; FTC; USDA; FWS; NIH; NCCIH; U.S. Pharmacopeia and others for effective laws and regulations that promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

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AHPA informs members and the industry about news and issues through daily email alerts and a monthly newsletter. AHPA also promotes the benefits of herbs to mainstream and industry media as well as scientific journals.

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AHPA regularly produces in-person and online educational events featuring industry-leading experts discussing regulatory and technical issues that impact the herbal product industry. 

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AHPA provides Guidance Documents, Policies, Trade Requirement, and Reference Materials to help members comply with the herbal industry laws and regulations.

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    July 16, 2024 The annual award presented by NutraIngredients-USA recognizes “those who leave a lasting impact on nutrition and the nutrition industry” The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is proud to announce that AHPA President Michael McGuffin has been named 2024 NutraChampion by NutraIngredients-USA. This honor recognizes McGuffin's exceptional leadership, unwavering commitment, and significant contributions to the dietary supplements and natural products industry.   Presented as part of the annual NutraIngredients-USA Awards, the NutraChampion Award celebrates individuals “who leave a lasting impact on nutrition and the nutrition industry.” Through his visionary leadership at AHPA, decades of regulatory advocacy, and tireless efforts to promote the benefits and safety of herbal products, McGuffin has done just that.   “There cannot be anyone involved in herbs and botanicals who doesn't know, or know of, Michael McGuffin and the American Herbal Products Association,” said Stephen Daniells, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of NutraIngredients-USA. “Michael has served as AHPA's president for a quarter of a century, steadfastly advocating on behalf of members and the wider industry to support a safe, robust dietary supplement market. The NutraIngredients-USA Team is delighted to honor Michael as its 2024 NutraChampion for his leadership, passion, and commitment to the herbal industry at all levels.”   "Thank you to Stephen Daniels and the entire NutraIngredients-USA team for recognizing me as the appropriate recipient for this year's NutraChampion Award; I am honored," said McGuffin. “I managed to find a point of intersection between my personal and professional interests with the realization that there exists now and always will exist a need for leadership in ensuring that we maintain access to herbs for Americans. This is who I am. As NutraChampion, I hope to inspire those who would like to achieve this acknowledgement in the future to clarify and define the work that you do, to do that work in service to the trade and to the public, and to do so boldly so that we all see that that's who you are.”   About the NutraIngredients-USA Awards Focusing on true innovation, long-term market success, and cutting-edge research, the NutraIngredients-USA Awards honor the best and brightest in ingredients, finished products, companies, people, and initiatives in the nutrition and dietary supplements industry. For more information, please visit: www.NutraIngredientsUSA-Awards.com.

    • Tuesday, July 16, 2024
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    July 15, 2024   AHPA is an active member of IADSA, an association focused on the globalization of food supplement markets and regulatory challenges. AHPA distributes the IADSA Newsflash. This issue covers: China has updated the market authorization regulations for ginseng, American ginseng, and Ganoderma. Indonesia has issued a new regulation for the labeling of health supplements. In India, the Ministry of AYUSH has challenged the Danish safety assessment for ashwagandha which led to its ban in Denmark and other countries. Japan is reconsidering its approach to labeling of functional foods in the wake of a recall of red yeast rice products, including the implementation of mandatory good manufacturing practices. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently undertook discussion of emerging issues in the food supplements category, such as understanding consumer habits regarding supplement consumption and psychedelic products being sold as microdosing supplements on-line. EFSA continues work on scientific opinions to be used for setting upper limits for vitamins and minerals. The Heads of European Food Safety Agencies have developed a list of substances used in food supplements that should not be used or used only with restrictions. These substances include Actaea racemosa, coumarin in plant preparations, curcumin in Curcuma spp.-preparations, Hypericum perforatum, Lepidium meyenii, Melaleuca spp.-essential oils, melatonin, Ocimum tenuiflorum, piperine, p-synephrine in Citrus spp.-preparations, Tribulus terrestri, tryptophan, and Withania somnifera.  EFSA has concluded that the safety of products containing Rheum palmatum L., Rheum officinale Baill., and their hybrids, as well as Rhamnus purshiana DC cannot be established. It is anticipated that Article 8 listing will be pursued. EFSA recently released the proceedings of its Scientific Committee on Botanicals working group on toxicity characterization and is expected to update the Compendium on Botanicals database later this year. France has issued a caution about the use of ashwagandha in food supplements and the United Kingdom has issued a call for evidence in advance of a safety assessment. Brazil has made updates to permitted additives in food supplements and has issued an updated guide on determining shelf life. Australia has issued new guidelines for large dosage forms following choking incidents.

    • Monday, July 15, 2024
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    Move Nutrition Network kicks off quarterly profile series spotlighting members of AHPA's Sports Nutrition Committee July 10, 2024 Earlier this year, Move Nutrition Network announced its content partnership with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Sports Nutrition Committee to deliver insights on the latest issues and market trends in the sports and active nutrition industry. This collaboration includes a quarterly profile spotlighting a member of AHPA's Sports Nutrition Committee. The series kicks off with Raza Bashir (Iovate), member of AHPA's Sports Nutrition Committee and AHPA's Board of Trustees.   It's no secret the AHPA Sports Nutrition Committee comprises some of the leading voices in sports nutrition formulation, supply, and regulation. And, it's for that reason we're partnering to profile one of its members in each Quarterly. Looking for a lesson in industry loyalty and innovation? Meet Raza Bashir. Check out the full issue of Move Nutrition's Cognitive Nutrition Quarterly here, subscribe to the Move Nutrition Community here, and follow along for more profiles on AHPA members making an impact in the sports and active nutrition space.

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
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    New entry for lion's mane underscores continued consumer interest in functional mushroom products July 9, 2024 The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has released updates to seven botanicals via the online Botanical Safety Handbook, 2nd Ed., as well as added a new entry for lion's mane mushrooms.   The following online entries have been updated or added in this release: Atropa belladonna (belladonna) – Updates to this entry identified U.S. FDA safety releases about belladonna homeopathic products and numerous reports of accidental ingestions. Azadiracta indica (neem bark) – Review for neem bark added references for adverse events in clinical trials and case reports, human and animal pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies. Azadiracta indica (neem leaf) – Review for neem leaf added references for an animal drug interaction study, reports of adverse events in clinical trials, human and animal pharmacology studies, animal reproductive studies, and toxicity studies. Boswellia spp. (boswellia) – Recent review for boswellia added adverse events in clinical trial references, human and animal pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies. Bupleurum spp. (bupleurum) – References for an epidemiological study and toxicity studies were added to this entry. Processing information for bupleurum root was added to the Editors' Notes. Buxus semperivens (boxwood) – In vitro pharmacology and cytotoxicity studies were added to this entry. Cetraria islandica (Iceland moss) – Review of this botanical added an historical food use reference and genotoxicity and cytotoxicity references. Hericium erinaceus (lion's mane) – This new entry includes documentation of food use, clinical trial and adverse event reports, pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies.   AHPA members can obtain an annual individual subscription to the online Botanical Safety Handbook or a hard copy for $95.00, with multi-user rates available for companies needing expanded access. Information about subscriptions and hard copy purchases can be found on the AHPA website.   Subscribers to the online Botanical Safety Handbook can review short descriptions of updated entries in the "Revisions" panel on the online version homepage when they log in. The online Botanical Safety Handbook is undergoing review of existing entries and the addition of new entries to provide the latest safety information before it can be included in the next print edition of the handbook. AHPA will continue to post additional updates to existing entries as well as develop new botanical entries.   AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook is an essential tool for anyone who manufactures, recommends, or uses herbal products. The handbook provides safety information on over 500 species of herbs, derived from data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts. All entries are reviewed by an Expert Advisory Council that includes some of the most renowned herbal and integrative medicine experts in the United States.

    • Tuesday, July 9, 2024
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