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Government Relations Committee

Chair: Staci Eisner (Cortex Scientific)
Staff Contact: Michael McGuffin

Committee Purpose:

  • To monitor legislative and regulatory issues and agencies for the purpose of developing industry positions that conform to AHPA's mission.

AHPA Members, if you would like to join this committee, please email the staff contact.

Committee Resources

Committee Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Government Relations Committee

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March 11, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Government Relations Committee

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November 13, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Government Relations Committee

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Committee-Related News

Lawsuit aimed at self-affirmed GRAS dismissed by Federal Court

October 2021: AHPA Update

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York last week entered summary judgment in favor of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a suit filed in 2017 that sought to overturn FDA’s allowance for the GRAS self-affirmation process commonly used to document the safety of new food ingredients.

Opposition to mandatory product listing outweighs support in AHPA member survey

October 2021: AHPA Update

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called on the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would require mandatory product listing (MPL) for all dietary supplements in the United States.

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.

Recent California Proposition 65 activity includes notices for naturally-occurring chemicals

August 2021: AHPA Legal Alert

AHPA has seen a recent trend of 60-day Notices of Violation (NOVs) alleging California Proposition 65 warning violations for naturally occurring chemicals in food products.

AHPA submits comments to Oregon Liquor Control Commission regarding Emergency Rule for “Adult Use Cannabis and Hemp Concentration Limits”

August 2021: AHPA Cannabis Alert

On Monday August 23, 2021, AHPA submitted comments to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) in response to the recent enacted Emergency Rule titled “Adult Use Cannabis and Hemp Concentration Limits.”

Trademark registration application for “Herbalist” withdrawn

August 2021: Coordinated industry effort helps prevent consumer confusion

Through a coordinated effort, several parties with long-standing engagement with and commitment to herbs and herbalism prevented consumer confusion concerning the word “herbalist” by opposing the use of the term as a trademark by an entity not associated with herbalists.

AHPA 2021 Fall Committee & Event Schedule

October 26 - November 19, 2021

AHPA Members are encouraged to participate in the Fall committee meetings and events being held via Zoom, virtually, and in-person October 26 through November 19. The AHPA Staff Contact for each committee will email additional information and reminders to committee members before the meetings.

Government Relations Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 9-11:30am PT

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.

AHPA Guidance: Federal Labeling Requirements for Herbal Dietary Supplements

June 2021: Free guidance for AHPA members, log-in to download

AHPA has revised its labeling guidance for herbal dietary supplements to cover updated nutrition labeling requirements for dietary supplements, and is making the updated guidance document available FREE to members.

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