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2014 AHPA Awards

AHPA congratulates 2014 award winners Dr. Bronner’s, Daniel Gagnon, Lyle Craker and VIRGO team

AHPA congratulates the winners of the 2014 AHPA Awards presented to Dr. Bronner’s, Daniel Gagnon, Lyle Craker and VIRGO team members for making substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry

FDA agrees to new deadlines for FSMA rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to incrementally issue final rules for the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) between Aug. 30, 2015 and May 31, 2016 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Center for Environmental Health.

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Sharaf appointed to HPTLC Association board

Dr. Maged Sharaf
American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Chief Science Officer, Maged Sharaf, PhD, was appointed on February 6, 2014 to the board of directors of the International Association for the Advancement of High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC Association). Dr. Sharaf was also appointed chair of the HPTLC Association Advisory Board.

AHPA joins supplement associations supporting DASCA

In response to the introduction of the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014 by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on February 11, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), joined the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) to express support for the bill. The associations issued the following statement:

AHPA urges FDA to better coordinate Foreign Supplier Verification Programs draft rule with existing quality assurance programs

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments last week that urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to significantly modify its July 2013 Proposed Rule implementing the Foreign Supplier Verifications Program  (FSVP) requirements established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). AHPA also urges FDA to not issue final regulatory language until it has redrafted the proposed language and allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on the revised draft.

AHPA urges FDA to better coordinate Foreign Supplier Verification Programs draft rule with existing quality assurance programs

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments last week that urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to significantly modify its July 2013 Proposed Rule implementing the Foreign Supplier Verifications Program  (FSVP) requirements established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). AHPA also urges FDA to not issue final regulatory language until it has redrafted the proposed language and allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on the revised draft.

AHPA urges FDA to better coordinate Foreign Supplier Verification Programs draft rule with existing quality assurance programs

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments last week that urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to significantly modify its July 2013 Proposed Rule implementing the Foreign Supplier Verifications Program  (FSVP) requirements established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). AHPA also urges FDA to not issue final regulatory language until it has redrafted the proposed language and allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on the revised draft

AHPA submits comments on proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted nearly 200 pages of comments and suggested revisions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the first two proposed rules issued to implement portions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The rules that FDA first proposed on January 16, 2013, would create new regulations for human food manufacturers (Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food) and subject certain farming activities to risk-based standards (Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption).

AHPA's third Botanical Congress addresses botanical identification needs and solutions

AHPA President Michael McGuffin addresses Botanical Congress attendees

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) held its 2013 AHPA Botanical Congress: Practical Approaches to Verifying Identity on November 16 in conjunction with SupplySide West in Las Vegas.

The full-day event convened supplement industry veterans to provide industry stakeholders, including ingredient suppliers and product manufacturers, with information about how to comply with U.S. dietary supplement current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) regulations (21 CFR 111). Experts provided information on finished-product testing and verification of botanical ingredients' identity using "scientifically valid" methods. The event also featured roundtable-style discussions with legal and regulatory experts and interactive, hands-on activities focused on identity testing methods and technologies.

 

AHPA Board of Trustees meets at Supply Side West; acts on numerous issues

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees took several actions in support of policies proposed by AHPA committees at a meeting held November 13 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the SupplySide West trade show.

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