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Michael McGuffin was honored in 2010 for over 20 years of dedicated service, having served as the President of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) since 1999 and a member of the Board of Trustee's for 10 years prior. He has been active in the herbal industry since 1974, having owned both retail and manufacturing businesses in this field.
A leading expert on dietary supplement regulation, McGuffin has been published in scholarly and scientific journals, including the Food and Drug Law Journal and Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and also wrote the highly-lauded publication AHPA’s Annotated Final Rule on Dietary Supplement cGMP (2007). Additionally, Mr. McGuffin served as Managing Editor of AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook (1997) and Herbs of Commerce, 2nd edition (2000). He speaks frequently on dietary supplement regulation in the U.S. and abroad.
McGuffin has represented the herbal industry at state and federal hearings on herbal regulatory issues. He has served as a member of FDA's Food Advisory Committee Working Group on Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements (1998-1999), FDA's Food Advisory Committee's Dietary Supplements Subcommittee (2003-2005), California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Analysis Food Warning Workgroup (2008-2010), and the Advisory Board of the USC School of Pharmacy Regulatory Science Master's Degree Program. He also serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and United Plant Savers.
McGuffin was awarded the Cliff Adler “Heart in Business” award in 1994 and the Nutrition Business Journal Award for Efforts on Behalf of Industry in 2004 and 2012. Mr. McGuffin has been quoted in a variety of news publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek and has made appearances on ABC's Nightline, National Public Radio, and ABC Radio.