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AHPA submits comments to the “Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act” Discussion Draft

September 2021: AHPA Update

On September 1, 2021, AHPA submitted comments to the Senate sponsoring offices for the “Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act” (CAOA) Discussion Draft.

AHPA encourages FDA to study “healthy” claim symbol in herbs, spices and teas

July 2021: Request reflects and references previous comments from AHPA

In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 6th, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) requested revisions to proposed research by the agency on front of package symbols intended to convey the claim “healthy”. In these comments, AHPA requested that FDA expand their research to capture how consumers may respond to the “healthy” symbol in a wider range of package formats, including retail packaged spices and retail packaged tea products.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

June 2021 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:Korea is amending its functional food code to include precautions for certain products; Korea has updated its functional food code to recognize additional mineral sources and limits for EPA DHA.; The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing the potential risk of vitamin D overdose; Alpha lipoic acid is under review by EFSA, who concluded that it may represent a risk to individuals with insulin autoimmune syndrome, but were unable to quantify the risk.; and more!

AHPA letter to new US Trade Representative requests tariff relief

June 2021 - Letter also cites the organization’s extensive previous comments to the USTR on this matter

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) delivered a letter to US Trade Representative Katherine Tai this month requesting the removal of punitive tariffs from a range of products relevant to the herbal products industry.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

April 2021 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:China has updated the dosage forms recognized for Health Food filings; Thailand has released updated quality requirements for foods and dietary supplements that contain hempseed and its derivatives; European Union (EU) has issued a regulation regarding certain hydroxyanthracene derivatives (HADs) in foods and food supplements, impacting aloes and other botanicals containing these compounds; and more!

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

February 2021 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:  China - Coenzyme Q10, reishi shell-broken spore powder, spirulina, fish oil and melatonin are now officially considered as functional ingredients; European Union – After a recent court case, the Commission now considers that cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp is not a drug and can be eligible for use in food and food supplements; France has extended its ban on titanium dioxide (TiO2) in foods and supplements for another year pending a scientific opinion for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); Germany has published an updated Stoffliste, with the addition of over 100 monographs and over 250 plants; United Kingdom – Post-Brexit regulations for foods and supplements have not changed substantially; Argentina has updated the portion of the Argentine Food Code that defines dietary supplements. Primary changes are adjustments to minimum and maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, establishment of limits for amino acids and nitrogenous substances, and a reduction in the permitted botanical species; Nicaragua and Uzbekistan have introduced initial regulations for dietary supplement products.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

November 2020 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:  China has issued three new technical guidelines related to health food; India is amending its supplement and food regulation; Korea has introduced some changes to its health functional Food Code; Australia has classified sports supplements under the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); and more.

EPA accepts AHPA’s requests, adds over 200 herbal commodities to crop groups

Final rule splits “Herbs and Spices” crop group into two separate lists

In an adjustment to pesticide regulations years in the making, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on November 6, 2020 revising and expanding the Agency’s pesticide tolerance crop grouping regulations for herbs and spices. These revisions incorporated and accepted many of the comments AHPA submitted in 2013 and again in 2019, requesting the addition of many herbal commodities that had not previously been included in EPA’s crop grouping system.

EPA issues final rule on pesticide tolerance crop groups for herbs, spices

Final rule converts the previous group 19, “Herbs and Spices” into two new groups

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on November 6, 2020 revising and expanding the pesticide tolerance crop grouping regulations. Crop groups are lists of similar crops which allow the establishment of shared pesticide tolerances for all commodities included in each group, permitting the use of identified pesticides on those crops. The final rule converts the previous group 19, “Herbs and Spices” into two new groups: group 25 for herbs and group 26 for spices. A large number of commodities were also added to each group.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

September 2020 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:  France alerts consumers about food supplements with claims of curing or preventing COVID-19; Israel notifies WTO about revised limits for polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food supplements; Brazil's new resolution mandating a label when food supplements have a new formulation; Ecuador issues rules for cannabis (hemp seed) supplements; and Peru has established a basic regulation governing health claims applicable to supplement products.

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