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AHPA asks US Trade Representative for reconsideration of herbal ingredient tariff

April 2022: Court of International Trade has ordered US Trade Representative to reconsider China tariff lists

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has contacted the U.S. Trade Representative requesting the removal of punitive tariffs from a range of products relevant to the herbal products industry.

AHPA supports humanitarian efforts for Ukrainian refugees in Poland

March 2022: AHPA encourages members to join the association in answering a call for support by the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research

The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzenforschung e.V. [“GA”]) recently issued a call for support of refugees impacted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has joined the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP) in endorsing this request with a modest financial contribution.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

March 2022 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash: The China State Administration for Market Research has revised the claims catalogue to remove three claims – the 24 remaining claims will be slightly modified, Switzerland and Korea are reassessing the use of titanium dioxide as a food ingredient following its ban in the European Union, Korea is proposing changes to its health function food code to add a function for ginseng and to remove aloe whole leaf; and more!

AHPA statement on confirmation of Robert Califf, M.D., as FDA commissioner

February 2022: Statement from AHPA President Michael McGuffin

AHPA looks forward to working with Dr. Califf as he brings his significant experience and credentials to once again lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

December 2021 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash: China has new rules for food importation and facility registration going into effect on January 1, 2022, with no transition period currently defined; Korea has modified the warning statement for the following functional ingredients: ginseng, red ginseng, chlorella, milk thistle extract, marigold extract, indigestible maltodextrin, and MSM; in the European Union (EU), a ban on the use of titanium dioxide is expected to enter into force in early 2022 with a 6-month transition period to a ban on use of this ingredient in food products; and more!

AHPA expresses support for WADA scientific review of cannabis in sports

October 2021: WADA scientific review to be undertaken in 2022

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) provided a letter of support to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) following the September 14, 2021 announcement of WADA’s Executive Committee recommendation that a scientific review of cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) will be undertaken by the agency in 2022.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

October 2021 IADSA Newsflash

In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:The Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority has published draft regulation named Ayurveda Aahar, based on the tradition of Ayurveda foods.; The European Commission is consulting on a draft Regulation restricting the use of green tea catechins in food supplements; The European Commission has ordered a mass recall of products contaminated with ethylene oxide; and more!

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!

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