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Our Mission

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods.

Our Expertise

AHPA has particular expertise on the history, science, and regulation of botanicals while its work also has significant influence on non-herbal dietary supplements. Similarly, AHPA expends its resources on issues in the U.S. marketplace and in the international arena, wherever member interests are served.

Our Members

AHPA is comprised of more than 350 domestic and international companies conducting business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products. AHPA members’ herbal products are in tea, beverage, dietary supplement, sports nutrition, personal care, pet and other product categories. AHPA membership also includes individuals, companies and organizations who serve the industry, including consultants, attorneys, media, researchers, educators, and medical professionals.

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AHPA Press Releases and Updates for the Media

Congress Clears Federal Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill to Be Signed into Law

Federal law would preempt state GMO labeling requirements

AHPA President Michael McGuffin comments on bill's passage

FDA Issues Final Rule Amending Food Facility Registration Regulations

Rule effective date: September 12, 2016

On July 13, 2016, FDA issued the final rule, “Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities.” The final rule implements the food facilities registration provisions of section 415 of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); amends and updates Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration regulations; and improves the utility of the food registration database.

Submit Updates for the Next Edition of AHPA's Herbs of Commerce

Deadline for submissions is Aug. 1

Herbs of Commerce 3rd Edition is coming. AHPA begins open call for updates and additions.

AHPA Presents on GACP and GMP for Herbal Ingredients at ACI Conference

AHPA leading industry consensus process for creation of self-regulatory initiatives

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin discussed development of good agricultural and collection practices (GACP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) in the herbal ingredient supply chain on June 28 at the American Conference Institute's (ACI's) fourth annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements in New York City.

Wilson Lau to chair AHPA Board of Trustees

Lau replaces Graham Rigby

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Executive Committee has appointed Wilson Lau as chair of the AHPA Board of Trustees until March 2017.

AHPA Opposes Blumenthal-Durbin Amendment to Restrict Some Supplement Sales on Military Bases

AHPA opposes separate regulatory standards that differ from existing general standards

“It is illogical as a regulatory principle and unworkable from a business perspective to require one set of rules for products sold through one channel of trade, such as stores on military bases, and another set of rules in the rest of the country,” said AHPA president, Michael McGuffin.

How to Choose a Contract Laboratory

Learn what factors to consider before selecting a contract lab and and how to get your testing completed correctly

Recorded May 18, 2016. Member cost: $199. Nonmember cost: $399.

AHPA Urges FDA to Define "Natural" to Promote Clarity and Consistency

Consumers should not be misled by inconsistent or inaccurate uses of "natural"

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday encouraging the agency to establish, through rulemaking, a regulatory definition for the term "natural" (and possibly other terms, such as "100% natural" and "made with natural [named ingredient(s)]") for the labeling of human food products, and other products regulated by FDA such as animal foods, cosmetics, and botanical drugs.
Aveda and the Estée Lauder Companies Support Conservation of Candelilla in Mexico

Aveda and the Estée Lauder Companies Support Conservation of Candelilla in Mexico

AHPA ERB Foundation announces $10,000 grant donated to CONABIO

The American Herbal Products Association Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) announced today that a grant of $10,000 USD has been donated to CONABIO, the national agency responsible for Biodiversity Information and the CITES Scientific Authority in Mexico.

FDA's recognition of Canadian system aids FSVP-covered importers in the May 2016 AHPA Report!

May 2016 AHPA Report

FDA’s recognition of Canadian system aids FSVP-covered importers by Amber Littlejohn, JD, Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Plus: FTC charges 5 companies  for making false claims Anne Maher, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker LLP

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