AHPA updates CITES Primer to include new botanical species listings

January 30, 2023

AHPA has released an update to its CITES Primer to include additional botanical species that were added to CITES Appendix II during the 19th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP19), which was conducted in Panama City, Panama in November 2022. These new species have been added to the AHPA CITES Primer table of commonly-traded CITES-listed species known to be used as raw materials and ingredients in dietary supplements, traditional medicines, and homeopathic products.
The revision recognizes the following two additions:

  • All species of Rhodiola spp. have been added to CITES Appendix II. This listing includes CITES annotation #2: “All parts and derivatives except: a) seeds and pollen; and b) finished products packaged and ready for retail trade.” This listing becomes effective on February 23, 2023.

  • All genera of the trees Handroanthus, Roseodendron and Tabebuia were added to CITES Appendix II with annotation #17: “Logs, sawn wood, veneer sheets, plywood and transformed wood.” This listing has a delayed implementation period of 24 months as requested by the State of Bolivia, and will become effective on November 25, 2024.

In addition to the new species listings, the revised AHPA CITES Primer has new information about the recently introduced CITES source code “Y” for specimens produced through “assisted production.” This source code is for plant species that are grown in an environment in which they receive some level of human intervention, and therefore do not meet the definition of either “wild” or “artificially propagated.” The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is implementing changes to its permits and regulations to recognize this new source code.
On January 24, 2023, AHPA conducted a webinar which provided background information on CITES, as well as detailed information about the new additions to the CITES Appendices and the new source code. The webinar, CITES Impact on Your Supply Chain, is now available to access on demand.
The updated CITES Primer is available for AHPA members to download from the Guidance Documents page on the AHPA website at no cost. The CITES Primer is also provided as a handout included with paid on-demand access to the webinar for both members and non-members.