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AHPA adopts revised guidance policy on GMO

December 2021: Updated guidance recommended by AHPA Standards Committee approved by AHPA board

At the November 2021 AHPA Executive Committee meeting, the AHPA board adopted the following revised policy on ingredients that are or are produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The revisions were made to improve the policy’s citations and update it to reflect the existence of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.

Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance

Convened February 2022

Presented by AHPA’s Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D., Roy Upton, RH, DipAyu of American Herbal Pharmacopeia, and Steven Yeager of Mountain Rose Herbs, this virtual workshop provided a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods, quality assessment techniques and terminology, and demonstrated how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner.

Did you miss the Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance workshop but want to attend when it is offered again in the future? Email Natasha Weaver, AHPA’s Director of Education, at to be placed on the waitlist and notified when the next workshop is scheduled.

AHPA works with EPA and IR-4 Project to improve pesticide policy

December 2021: Member feedback sought on herbal crop group pesticide priorities, inadvertent residue data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on November 6, 2020, revising its regulations by adding new Crop Groups 25 (“Herbs”) and 26 (“Spices”).

Call for Candidates to AHPA's Board of Trustees

December 2021: Deadlines submission of nominees is February 4, 2022

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is issuing its annual call for candidates for elected trustees to the association's Board of Trustees. With the uncertainty of the number and types of in-person events to be held at Expo West in Anaheim, the Board of Trustees has made the decision that the election for the 2022 cycle will again be held in a virtual format during AHPA's annual member meeting, which is currently planned to be held in a hybrid in-person/virtual manner on March 9, 2022. Candidates should be prepared to participate in an online platform where they will have the opportunity to give a short address to the membership.

December 2021 AHPA Report

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The December 2021 AHPA Report includes: Call for candidates to AHPA's Board of Trustees, Nominate your colleagues for the 2022 AHPA Awards, 2018-2020 Tonnage Survey; and more!

AHPA Hires Melissa Do as Director of Communications

December 2021: The CBD alum brings passion for writing and visual storytelling to the position

SILVER SPRING, MD, Dec. 6, 2021 – The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) today announced Melissa Do has joined the association as Director of Communications, reporting to Amber Bennett, Vice President of Marketing & Engagement at AHPA.

2014 DNA article by Thompson and Newmaster retracted

November 2021: Co-author known for controversial article on DNA analysis of herbal products

AHPA Board of Trustees adopts trade requirement for “organic” supplements to comply with the NOP

November 2021: Board also amends current caffeine policy

At its most recent meeting on October 26, 2021, the Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) considered several topics of interest to the AHPA membership and consistent with AHPA’s Mission to promote the responsible and sustainable commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers have informed access to a wide variety of safe herbal goods.

Amazon updates dietary supplement compliance program

November 2021: Sets new requirements for 3rd-party certification and for sexual enhancement and weight loss / weight management products

Early this month, Amazon updated its policy for vendors of dietary supplements on the Amazon platform. Amazon has maintained such a policy since at least late 2018, and has amended the policy on several occasions in the interim.

Nominate your colleagues for the 2022 AHPA Awards

AHPA is thrilled to announce a new category to our esteemed annual awards - AHPA Environmental Impact Award!

AHPA is now accepting nominations for the 2022 AHPA Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual AHPA Member Meeting March 9th.

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